Monday, May 24, 2010
Jesus Is In Your Boat
Almost everyone knows the story of Jesus calming the storm in Luke 8:22-25, however, our Pastor really put a focus on Jesus being in the boat.
"One day He got into a boat with His disciples...." - Jesus got into the boat with them...these disciples are commercial fishermen; this is their environment and where they are comfortable. We are also disciples of Jesus, if we have accepted Him as our LORD. So Jesus is also in your boat. The next part is exciting...
"...and He said to then, "Let us go across to the other side of the lake." Wherever you are at in your journey, you are going to make it to the other side. Do you ever feel like Jesus is sleeping when you are in a "storm"? The seasoned sailers in Jesus' boat that day could relate. It must have been quite a storm to scare these fishermen. The Bible tells us that the boat was filling with water and that they were in danger. They were drowning!!! Ever felt like you where drowning?
I have been thinking on these scriptures this morning and I felt like there was "more".
In the terror of the moment, they "went and woke Him". I have said what they said to Him "Jesus, I am persishing!!!!"
Jesus calmed the storm, and they all lived. End of story? No.
Jesus is all about relationships...(love the LORD your God and love your neighbor as yourself. Matt. 22:27-40), and ("A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another just as I have loved you..." John 13:24). Jesus was right there with the disciples as they where going through this storm. Their focus was the storm though, and what was Jesus's focus? Not the storm! It was his relationship with them..."Where is your faith?" he said to them (after He "rebuked the wind and the raging waves"). Jesus wants our hearts! Even in our storms, may we look, not at the storm so much, and more at our relationship with Jesus. And a word of warning - don't jump out of the boat!!! Stay there with Him and trust Him and you will get to the other side!
WOW are we having some wind. "How bad is it you say?" I HAD to plant Caresse's seeds today and when we took Keshawn outside, the wind blew him over - no kidding! Kalyn finally had to take him back inside. And the wind kept blowing the seeds out of our hands! When I came inside I saw that we are under a high wind warning. And then Steve called and said that he couldn't fly out of Colorado Springs for his class because all the flights here have been cancelled due to wind. I guess several trees have been blown down around the city causing electrical problems. I can say that this is one of the coolest and windiest springs I have ever experienced in Colorado. Not sure how good our garden will grow, but we are trying. This is our first year to try the square foot gardening ideas from the book All New Square Foot Gardening. We have a hard time out here in our higher elevation and cooler weather. However, Caresse really likes herbs and gardens, so we will see how it goes.