Calm Our Troubled Waters

November 1, 2002
by Anne Russell

Luke 8:24-25 – The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him." (NIV)

Years ago, we started out on a holiday, heading from Ontario to British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada. As I drove along, towing a pop-up trailer with my husband, two children, and a dog in the car, we were in trouble before we got out of the province. The axle on the trailer broke off at the wheel, the trailer fishtailed, and I lost complete control of the car.

Mishaps like this can strike us without any warning, and can leave us wondering what happened. As it turned out, we passengers were shaken up but not injured. The car was a write-off, and the holiday was over.

Just as a calm lake can, in moments, be churned up into a sea of billowing waves, so the storms of life can, without warning, come crashing down upon the shores of our calm, quiet lives. Whether the storms of life are sudden illness, an accident, surgery, a broken relationship, or death, when the storms come in the midst of the calm, we are not prepared. Sometimes, in a moment, a vast change can take place.

Let us not be afraid, for fear is not of God. Instead, let us simply trust in Him, for here we sense a closeness to God, when we believe without seeing. Here is when our faith must hold firm, like an anchor thrown from a boat into the sea.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, help us to weather the storms of life. Let not our faith be shaken, but keep us close to You. Calm our troubled waters, and teach us to put all our trust in You. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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