Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Is He in Your Boat?

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  Mark 4:35-39

Given the fact that the disciples didn’t have Doppler Weather I can’t exactly fault them for going out to sea with a pending storm on the horizon.  Every time I begin to think, “What’s with those disciples?  Don’t they grasp who they are talking to?.” I come to the realization that I am no different.

I presume that certain things ought to happen in a particular way.  When they don’t, I have a minor implosion.  Could God have changed the outcome of my situation? – Certainly.  But He chose a different outcome to teach me a lesson.  Could the disciples have had a smooth trip? – Of course. Instead God taught them a valuable lesson.

Now let’s get personal.  We tend to get upset when things don’t go according to our plans and expectations just as the disciples did.  We have desires that aren’t fulfilled, we have dreams that aren’t realized, the person we married lets us down and life seems to offer many unanticipated struggles.  Could God change your circumstances?  Absolutely!  But life is God’s learning laboratory.  He wants us to become more spiritually mature, to manifest the fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16-26)

As John Ortberg so cleverly phrased it “peace doesn’t come from finding a lake with no storms.  It comes from having Jesus in the boat.”  So the question we must ask ourselves when things don’t seem to be working out according to our plan is “is Jesus in my boat?” Am Iable to see that His plan is better than my plan, that He has a purpose that is ultimately for my good?

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