The year began with a glorious promise from the Lord:
Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them. – Isaiah 42:9
My heart leaped for joy. “This will be a year like no other,” He proclaimed. In joyful anticipation, I stepped into the new season.
I expected a walk in the park
…didn’t hear the water lapping on the shore
…nor the creaking of the boat.
I shoulda’ known a boat would be involved!
The promise was there…
…“Let us go to the other side.”
New territory, how exciting! A voyage with Jesus; it doesn’t get any better than this!
When we disembarked, the sky was clear, the water calm. There was smooth sailing ahead…
…or so I thought.
Chatter among the passengers was light and cheerful. Excitement was easily seen in our shining faces and the sparkle in our eyes. No one noticed the gathering clouds.
Jesus lay down and took a nap.
The first flash of lightning silenced the voyagers, and they clapped their hands over their ears as thunder boomed. Joyful faces were replaced with looks of terror.
Not even the fishermen among them had ever witnessed a squall like this one. Waves ten feet high began to toss the little vessel around like a cork, and they were taking on water.
At times like these, two things are easy to forget:
Jesus said we’re going to the other side
He is in the boat with us.
…and what’s this? He’s asleep?
Great. We’re on our own!
I began to wonder why Jesus would be sleeping through such a storm.
As a man with a bustling ministry, He was spent and needed to be restored, no doubt.
Ah, but as God, He knew one thing…
…they would arrive at the other side.
It is for this reason that He sits enthroned today.
Whether He’s fully awake –
or seems to be asleep –
He’s got control of the thing!
There’s no pacing, no wringing of the hands while He worries our issues like a bone.
He’s got this!
So, while this year is unlike what I expected – the waves are high threaten to overtake me – I can remember His faithfulness to me in the past, and His promise to make all things new.
Wish I’d have anticipated the boat, instead of a walk down Easy Street. I’d have taken some matters in stride a bit better, I think.
Jesus said, “Let us go to the other side,”
“to the middle of the lake and drown!”
Sometimes God’s promises involve a boat!