As a sailor lashes his body to the mast of a ship during a storm

You know what we can’t do? We can’t fight anxiety by convincing ourselves there’s nothing to fear. There is! We could make a long list of rational fears very quickly. It won’t take long for us to whip up an anxious whirlwind of worry.

And here we are, the morning our precious friend’s surgery. To remove cancer. Right here on the day when one of our worst fears is realized. Are you anxious? Worried for the outcome? Frantically cling to the Word of God. In this storm, He is our anchor. I once told y’all that following Christ means lashing your whole self to Him as a sailor lashes his body to the mast of a ship during a storm. 

Ah – and Jesus! In a storm!? He is so good. So calm! Remember Peter and the boys when they were caught in a storm?

“And they woke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do you to care that we are perishing?’ And He awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be Still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was great calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?’ And they were filled with great fear and said to another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:38-41

When they found themselves about to go down, they cried out to Jesus. They knew their own limits – but were surprised to find there is no limit to peace from the One who commands even the wind and sea to obey. 

We can’t  always enjoy fair winds and following seas. Storms will come. 

“The Lord is faithful in all His words and kind in all His works. The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He also hears their cry and saves them.” Psalm 145:14,17-19

He is faithful. He is near. He fulfills. He hears. He saves. Amen and Amen.

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