My thoughts about the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it applies to everyday life!
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Thursday, October 1, 2015
Stay in the boat!
when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was
in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship,
so that it was now full.
he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they
awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be
still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no
they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man
is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
is a story found in Mark 4 in the Bible that teaches us a lot about
faith and trusting in the Lord. If we place ourselves in the position
of the apostles, we can understand how this message applies in our
own lives. Often, we experience challenges or struggles in life that
overwhelm us or go beyond what we feel like we can manage. These
“storms” beat on us until we may feel like we are sinking in the
tumultuous “waves”. I can imagine how frightening it must have
been for the disciples – their ship was filled completely with
water and their Lord and Savior was asleep. Here they
were, presumably, in a state of panic, confusion and fear. They could
see the problem but had no idea how to get themselves out of it. The
one person they relied on did not seem to be aware of or care about
their struggle. However, we see that the Savior was aware
of them the whole time. He knew that everything would be alright. The
ship wouldn't sink, the storms would eventually calm, and they'd make
it through. But, He still calmed the sea, stopped the storm, and
showed the disciples His power.
are not capable of understanding all the reasons for our struggles
and challenges. In the middle of them, we may not recognize a way
out. We may not see “the light at the end of the tunnel”.
Sometimes we may even begin to question God, wondering where He is
during these hard times and why He doesn't just make it all go away
and be calm again. Christ's two penetrating questions can help us to
reconsider our trust in the Lord: “Why are ye so fearful? How is it
that ye have no faith?” Although it can be easy to give in to fears
and doubts, this is not the Lord's way. He is not setting us up to
fail, but instead to learn and to grow from our experiences. He knows
the end from the beginning and that it will all work out. I know that
as we put our trust in God's will and timing, everything will turn
out alright. Even when the winds beat down on you, and the rains and
storms seem unending, there is always hope in the light of God's
love. The disciples had no reason to fear – Heavenly Father would
not let a ship with Christ on it sink. Therefore, as long as we stick
with Him, we won't either! The key to “staying afloat” during our
struggles is quite simple – just stay in the boat!