“Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying,’Lord, save us! We are going to drown!’ He replied,’You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.” – Matthew 8: 24-26
Reading this passage, it amazes me how Jesus is at peace during the storm. He is resting in the boat and doesn’t stir until the disciples call out to him.
During my time working with Global Infusion, there have been some tough moments for me. Keeping up with the homework and projects while working my full time job as well as being tested in my personal life and relationships are some of the challenges I have faced so far. No matter the circumstances, Jesus has showed up. Whether by working through friends with encouraging words or a spiritual hug during prayer time or while processing a loss.
Last month my Grandfather passed away. He was 91. One evening he complained about chest pains and was rushed to the hospital. Within a short time he was gone. He was my last living grandparent. He was a good man, a veteran and a man of faith. Death brings clarity to the heart. While visiting with my family in Louisiana the weekend of my Grandfather’s funeral, sharing stories of my grandfather and viewing pictures of us all with him, I felt God’s love and peace radiate through these images. My Grandfather was a God fearing man, and through his ups and down, he always had faith. He had served the end of WW2 and in the Korean War. He had raised his 3 children in a God fearing home. He and my Grandmother (passed away in 2008), lived through the challenges brought on by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Their home was flooded to the roof and they were adrift living as refugees in a campground with other Katrina survivors for at least a year. As I reflected on some of the challenges my Grandfather faced throughout the years, It helped me see more deeply. Jesus was in my Grandfather’s boat. My Grandfather remained calm knowing Jesus was with him.
Jesus is in my boat. I can relax in this revelation that Jesus will be with me in the storms and I can call out to Him.
Jesus can be with you in your boat if you let him. Will you call out to him?