“A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him saying, ‘Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?”
All sinking boats end up in the same place: the bottom. Ironically, however, even when the boat is taking on water, options are still available.
- Blame someone else. (“Peter, your boat is a piece of junk!”)
- Frantically work to export water. (Hey Thaddeus! Grab that bucket over there!)
- Look for scuba equipment or another boat nearby. (“I can’t see anything out here, James!”)
- Go down with the ship. (“I’m gonna hold my breath, Andrew. Time me!”)
- Band together to find help. (“Don’t you see what’s happening? Can you lend a hand?”)
Is your boat sinking? Are you going down? You will probably face temptations for a quick and/or self-dependent fix. You will probably face temptations toward greener pastures or seemingly peaceful escapes.
I do not have all the details figured out, but I do know, running from help is not the solution. When you are going down, face the storm, and run toward Him.
Wake Him. Shake Him if you have to.
*How are you in need of the words “peace be still?”
*How have you recently experienced salvation from a sinking ship?