The Storms of Life

John 6:18-21    The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened.  But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they were glad to take Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

We live in a turbulent world – natural, man-made or self-made.  Some times, it seems like we’re paddling up stream.  When we row alone, rough waters toss our boat around and we cling, shaking, to the sides – being lost at sea, sinking, drowning – our deepest fears.  We all have storms in our lives ranging from gray skies and annoying showers to flash floods and hurricanes – you know what I mean – if you’re not there now, you have been before and likely will be there again.

You can jump over the side of the boat like Peter and try running on the water to Jesus, but that leap of faith can be hard to sustain (as Peter demonstrated) and may end in a watery grave. Failure, fear, loneliness, disappointment, broken relationships, can all drag us down under the waves even when we earnestly strive to reach for Him.

It may be hard to comprehend – but all that we really have to do is – let Jesus in our boat.  Not only does He calm the storm, He completely moves the ship to dry dock, safe and sound.  He’ll walk out to meet you – let Him in!

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