When all seems lost, Jesus rises among us, rebukes the waves and the sea. We are saved. It is enough that Jesus goes with us on our journey. We do not judge his care for us, or the state of our discipleship, by the roughness of the seas over which we sail. We rejoice in the Lord, not in our current circumstances.
Robert Louis Stevenson delighted in the story of a ship tossed in a storm. The sea was rough and the rocky coast perilous. Danger was real and dread expectancy active among the seamen. One frantic sailor who was labouring below the water line could contain himself no longer. He rushed to the control room, closed the door behind himself, and stood frozen in fright watching the captain wrestle with the controls.. Skill of mind and strength of hand enabled the captain to guide the vessel through the threatening rocks into open water. The Captain turned slightly, looked at the frightened sailor, and smiled. The youth returned below deck. When they inquired how he knew, he answered,“I have seen the face of the Captain, he smiled at me.”
If you will only “turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.” When you know who is in control there is no fear. When the seas are raging all around you and you are afraid and it seems as though no one cares, whom will you turn to? The darkness of despair? Or will you put your faith and trust in the one who says, "Peace! Be still." Jesus. Jesus our saviour does not so much deliver us from storms but through the storms. There are no safe places in life. We can only find security with Jesus and a serenity that this world does not know and cannot give. You know that Jesus has done battle with Satan and has won. You have no reason to fear anything from nature or the supernatural, from life or death.
Your Brother in Christ, Mike Simpson, Locum Vicar.