They had witnessed amazing things. They had the privilege of hearing Jesus teach and the Bible tells us the teaching was with such power and authority that the crowds were amazed (Matthew 7:28-29). They had seen miracles of healing. A man had been healed of leprosy, the daughter of a Roman officer was healed by Jesus without him ever laying eyes on her and even Peter's mother-in-law was healed.
As if this weren't enough, that night many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. Matthew writes that all the spirits left at his command and that Jesus healed all the sick. Matthew says:
This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases."
Matthew 8:17 (NIV)
Then, they got into the boat...
We see God do amazing things. We see Him work miracles in the lives of others and even our own lives. We want to follow Him wherever He leads. We want to be where He is so... we climb into the "boat" with Him and off we go. Oh how good it is to do life with Jesus!
There we are, sailing across the "Sea of Galilee" with Jesus. We feel the cool breezes, smell the fresh air, gaze at the beautiful view and feel the warm sun on our face. Ah... this is the life!
Did you know that due to it's location the Sea of Galilee is prone to sudden and violent storms? Cool moist air from the sea comes down from the mountains and collides with hot dry air from the desert and terrible storms can erupt without warning. This is what happened on that day so long ago.
The "Sea of Life" which we sail on is prone to the eruption of sudden and violent storms as well. One minute we are smoothly sailing along contentedly and then in an instant we are battling the wind and the waves, terrified that our boat will capsize or sink and we will drown. We forget that Jesus is in the boat with us or if we do remember, we become frustrated and angry because He is not doing anything. We shout out accusations. "We're going to drown and you are doing nothing to save us! Don't you even care about us?"
I find it interesting that Jesus rebuked the disciples because they were only doing what came naturally. After all, they were afraid, knew they needed deliverance and only wanted Him to rescue them. Jesus' rebuke, however, reveals what was truly going on. After hearing Jesus teach, after seeing all of the miracles, they still did not trust Him to take care of them... no matter what. Rather than try to continue to do what Jesus had commanded them to do, trusting that He would bring them into "safe harbor" despite the storm, they allowed fear and doubt to cause them to abandon their task. We often do the exact same thing. Sigh...
I am very glad that God is merciful and though He wants us to unfailingly trust Him; He also remembers we are but dust and prone to become doubtful and afraid. He's in the boat with us. When the storms of life come, we must continue on course. We must continue to be obedient and trust that Jesus will bring us into safe harbor. After all, that's what He always does.
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But look at Jesus; what was he doing? He was asleep confident that God would arose him if he was needed - such confidence which he asks us to follow in for we are to be of the same mind as Jesus; we have to work on having the same mind set as Jesus did. How? discipline our mind to remain steadfast in his armour praying in the spirit.
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Indeed, Jesus is in the boat with us. I have been a follower of Christ for about 44 years now and know that He is faithful and true but... my life over the past six years has been rather "turbulent" so I have come to understand this at a whole new level. In my case it has been several life-threatening health issues, disability, loss of my job and my husband being without a job for 13 months.
It is when our world comes tumbling down around us that we truly learn just how weak and fragile we are on our own. However, it is also during those times that we come to understand more deeply the love, compassion, faithfulness, mercy and grace of God.
Six years ago, shortly before I began chemotherapy for breast cancer, God brought this verse to my attention:
[quote]You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
Psalm 18:28 (NIV)[/quote]
Notice this verse is not in the future tense. Why? Because God is doing this at this very moment, whether we see it or not. He IS in our "little boat" with us. Not just when we sail calm seas but... when we are out in the middle of the sea in the dead of night surrounded by high winds, monstrous waves, rolling thunder, blinding rain and flashing lightening.
Just about a year after I had a ruptured brain aneurysm, my son and daughter-in-law gave me a musical water globe. Inside that water globe is a little cross and these words are etched upon it.
[quote] The light of God surrounds me.
The love of God enfolds me.
The power of God protects me.
The presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am,
And all is well. [/quote]
Never forget, even in the fiercest of storms, Jesus is in the boat with you and you are one of God's very own princesses!
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