Today my mind went back to that little fishing boat that sailed on the Sea of Galilee so long ago. I have always loved those accounts of Jesus stilling the storms. He didn't stop them from going into the storms, you know. In fact, he actually told them to set sail. I have no doubt whatsoever that He knew what they would be facing. They were "on mission" for Jesus, you might say for they were doing as He instructed. As they were "on mission" the storm struck. This happened on more than one occasion but... the Lord delivered them from the midst of the storm... and brought them into "safe harbor" in His time.
As I have said over and over again, anyone can trust and praise God when the sun is shining and the path is easy. The question is, will we continue to do so when the road gets sharp curves, is filled with potholes and a thick dark fog moves in? Will we continue to do so when our "little ship" is tossed to and fro by monstrous waves, the deck is flooded, the wind screams in our ears, it feels like our little boat is going to capsize and we are hanging on for dear life? Are we going to continue to stay on the course He has laid out for us, being obedient despite the storms, trusting in Him to bring us into "safe harbor" in His time or will we give up and turn back?
As Christians, we are not called to live for ourselves... we are called to be "on mission" for God. Our lives are not our own. Are we willing to "go" wherever Our Master needs us to be... even if it is stormy waters or in the Valley of the Shadow of Death? Are we?
Lord Jesus, please help us to be willing to follow you wherever you lead and help us learn to keep our eyes on you and praise you always... even in the storm.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 (NLT)
Hi, I am new here just joined today. Yours is the second blog I have read. The title captured my attention because it is a song my daughter has been quoting alot the last couple of days. It is a song the Lord has been using to remind her in a time of sorrow that he is still in control. A beautiful, loving and fully committed Christian sister from out community went to be with the Lord yesterday. She became ill with the flu and then quickly taken from her family. She was 54 years old, had been married 35 years with two married children. My daughter spent a week on a mission trip with her this summer and was amazed at her love and commitment to the Lord. She is struggling with the WHY? Why God would take someone so good and loving and doing sooo much work for him. But then she quotes this song. She has a Facebook page and a blog on another site and I can see that the Lord is showing her he is still there. I look forward to reading more of your blogs and hopefully getting the hang of writting some of my own. God Bless you!