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May 18, 2012

Stormy Seas

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Many years ago my father and I were fishing off the coast of Virginia.  About midday, we spotted a large water spout.  We were trying to decide the direction the water spout was moving.  We needed to make a decision whether to head for land or go further out to sea to avoid it.  We finally determined that it was going to move between us and land.  We began to go further out.

The storm increased and although we were some distance from the water spout, the waters became quite turbulent.  The water began to roll and the waves became extremely high.  We put on our life jackets and prepared for a precarious time.  We had little control over the boat at this point and we were at the mercy of the storm.

We estimated that the waves were reaching a height of 20 to 30 feet.  We would be at the high crest of a wave, only to realize that it disappeared beneath us and the boat would fall that distance into the cavity of the rolling wave.  With each drop of the boat we  felt the boat would break in half.  It was an older wooden vessel and as we would hit the water from the fall, we could hear the cracking of the boards.  There was that feeling of being on a carnival ride when you go down so fast that you feel your stomach coming up into your throat.

I assure you that we were holding on tightly to the boat.  We were obviously gripped with fear.  Even with life jackets, we  questioned how anyone could survive once thrown overboard.  I can tell you I was praying.  But those were not days when I had a walk with the Lord.  My calling out to Him was from fear and in desperation.  I probably even made promises to God of what I would do if He would spare us.  Of course, we were spared.  The water spout moved on down the coast and the waves subsided.  We, of course, had enough fishing for the day and we headed to land.  We did survive.  And I am thankful to my God.

Later, when my life was committed to the Lord I began to be more attentive to His Word.  I  read the book of Jonah and I identified with those sailors.  The first chapter of Jonah tells of the violent storm that arose and the ship threatened to break up.  Each sailor began to pray for deliverance.  Yes, I know how they felt.  I can say I have been there!

But I have been there more times than one.  Only one in the literal stormy sea, but many times in the storms of daily living.  I will not try to express why those storms came, but they have.  I don’t cry out now from desperation or with promises to God, but in a peace that my Heavenly Father can control every storm.  And whether the ship sinks or not, I am in His hands.

Mark 4 records how a storm came up when Jesus and the disciples were crossing the lake.  The boat was being swamped, and they felt the great danger.  They said to Jesus, “We’re going to drown!  Don’t you care?”  Jesus responded to them, “Why are you so scared?  Where is your faith?”  In their distress, they failed to realize that Jesus was in the boat with them.  He was there!

My faith is in Him who is in the boat with me.  I am secure whatever comes!

“They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.  He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.  They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.  Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds  for men.”  (Psalm 107:28-31)

Lawson

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