Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I have heard people say, at times, "I'm in a boatload of trouble." You can feel overwhelmed and beseiged by the burden of challenges and tasks that are above and beyond what you feel you are capable of. Rocky seas, a strong wind,and a storm-tossed boat do not make for a settled stomach and a peaceful mindset.

I don't like to feel like I'm in a sea of troubles or challenges, and I certainly don't like to feel alone in a boat. I love how Jesus' disciples in John 6:15-21 experienced the plight that is so common to us today- they were at sea, tossed by the wind, and waiting for Jesus to come to them. It was dark. We can feel like that- that all is dark and overwhelming and too much to handle. I don't think they were feeling faith-filled. But when you are in a boat load of trouble, you don't need feelings of faith, you just need FAITH that Jesus WILL come to you!

And He did. They saw Jesus walking on the sea. (Remember, nothing is too difficult for him!) They were overwhelmed and afraid. He was coming close to their boat, and He said "It is I; do not be afraid." But what happens next is the most reassuring faith-booster of all: they willingly received him, it says, and He gets into the boat, "and Immediately the boat was at the land where they were going." (Jn 6:21)In one instant, they go from storm tossed sea to dry land.

We can go from a sea of trouble, from being stuck in a boat in a storm, and if we invite Jesus into our situation, we can immediately be at peace-
Because He IS our peace.(Eph. 2:14)While we may have challenges still before us, we can immediately be on solid ground, because of Him.

If you are overwhelmed today by a task or a dream to fulfil something great for God's glory, be comforted, be assured, that if you invite Jesus into your situation, you can immediately BE THERE: your destination IS Him, after all.

Sail on.