As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.
Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, ”Teacher, don’t you care that we are going to drown?”
When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ”Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, ”Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:35-40)
Stephen, a friend, endured a terminal health issue until July this year. His reflection on life has this week kindly been shared by his wife Jenny. Stephen had a strong faith, and wished that we too would choose a life with Christ.
Stephen recalled a story he once heard about a little girl in a ship, on a sea passage to take her home. The ship hit a storm in the night and was being tossed about by the waves. The crew were becoming very afraid as the situation was looking quite grim. The little girl was in the cabin below. One of the crew members went to check on her and found her to be understandably afraid. The little girl asked him who was the captain at the helm of the boat. The man replied that it was her own father. As a response to this, the little girl gave a big sigh of relief and turned round to go back to sleep.
St. Paul wrote, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus”.
Have faith and be at peace. God is in control of your destiny in heaven.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you that by your grace,
we may become part of your heavenly family
and may enjoy your peace, now and forever.