I read something recently that was talking about how we’re not all in the same boat- maybe the same waters, the same ocean… but not the same boat- and it hit me right in the face.
It was right.
We’re not all in the same boat.
Some of us the waters are smooth sailing….
And some of us the waters are choppy and we feel like we’ve lost all hope to survive.
(To think that the people with smooth sailing waters are like that all the time, is wrong. Everyone has choppy days.)
Social media lies. It makes us believe that we’re not doing as well as someone else because we see their pictures and posts and think that our lives aren’t measuring up… our waters are choppy, yet their life seems to be a piece of cake. They’re taking all of this in stride. What’s the deal? How am I failing?
Has Jesus just forgotten me? Has he just stepped away as we’re floundering, flopping around, afraid we’re going to drown?
It really brings me back to this story in the Bible where the disciples had the same feelings… they were literally on a boat, we’re just figuratively there… both just as real.
Jesus was hanging out below deck… sleeping right?
And what did the disciples do? They freaked out.
“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’re 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. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!””
We have half of our world freaking out, and half of our world not…
and the half that aren’t right now, were yesterday… they’re just having a smooth sailing day today.
We’re dealing with so much turmoil, questions, isolation, confusion… and people don’t know where to turn. They don’t know what to do when the waves come lapping over the side of the ship. When their ship starts to go sideways. When jobs are gone, people- not just people- our loved ones are sick, isolation is hovering so much you can actually feel it in your soul, we feel abandoned.
Much like the disciples did.
What did Jesus do?
He calmed the storm.
People we need to get back to Jesus.
In these times of uncertainty, Jesus is the ONLY one that can calm this storm.
The government can say whatever they want, the numbers keep coming. The doctors can do everything they can. People can have their opinions about what’s right and what’s wrong. But the only thing that stays constant and true, that never lies, never fails is Jesus. HE is the only one that can calm the storm in our hearts, in our minds and souls… in this life we’re living. He can keep your ship on track, keep it from sinking.
Pursue Him, because He’s pursing you, just waiting for you to give over your boat so He can calm your sea.