4 June 2020
He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. Psalm 107:29
Edgar A Guest wrote a poem in memorial of his friend,
a great Canadian sea captain Lewis Ludington, entitled 'A Beacon Soul'.
A verse reads:
'For forty years or more
he trod the decks of ships and came to be, I'm sure,
on closer terms with God
than men who never went to sea.'
Lewis was a deeply devout man whose faith came from a deep belief in thinking and his observation of God's work,
rather than his often perilous voyages.
Another verse reads;
'Thought made him tender, friendly, wise and gave him faith no hurt could shake.
He found within the starry skies marvels that only God could make.'
Whilst we may not 'tread the deck of ships', we marvel at God's works when we look upwards to the starry skies.
But we also experience violent storms in our lives.
The main reasons why I so love the Bible is that it is a real book, with real people,
facing real situations, in the midst of a real God.
Whichever characters in the Bible we pick out, they all faced real issues;
they had their storms to go through, some real storms like Jonah, like the disciples.
Jesus and his disciples experienced a violent storm on the Sea of Galilee.
The disciples were so afraid that they shouted out to Jesus that they were perishing.
Jesus answered them by saying,
'...why are you so afraid?' (Matthew 8:23-27)
When we are going through violent storms in our life who do we turn to?
Do we come closer to God?
Are we in control of the storm or is the storm in control of us?
There is a saying that 'Jesus doesn't always still the storm, sometimes he lets it rage and stills us.'
Let us reflect, today, on how we react to hardship and problems in our life.
Be they big or small, do we face them with the confidence, calm and hope that Jesus wants us to have?
Life is too short to be filled with terror.
We can have confidence in the Lord no matter what we face each day.
If He seems to be asleep, allow Him to remain asleep.
He knows what He is doing and we can be certain that He will never allow us to endure more than you can handle.
I have a plaque on one of my kitchen cupboard doors, in which is kept the tea and coffee
so that I have this reminder throughout the day.
The more we develop our spiritual growth and our understanding of the marvels of God's work
the more we will embrace Jesus' comforting words when he said,
'No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm - I will come to you' (John 14:18)