In Luke 8 we read about a scene where Jesus climbs in a boat to travel across the lake with his disciples. It goes like this in Luke 8:22-25:
“Picture this: One day Jesus and His disciples get into a boat.
Jesus: ‘Let’s cross the lake.’
So they push off from shore and begin sailing to the far side. As they progress across the lake, Jesus falls sound asleep. Soon a raging storm blows in. The waves wash over the sides of the boat, and the boat starts filling up with water. Every second, the situation became more dangerous.
The disciples shake Jesus and wake Him.
Disciples (shouting): ‘Master! Master! We’re all going to die!’
Jesus wakes up and tells the wind to stop whipping them around, and He tells the furious waves to calm down. They do just that. Then Jesus turns to the disciples.
Jesus: ‘What happened to your faith?’
That final question Jesus asked the disciples in this passage has been ringing through my ears since we talked about it in our college service this past Thursday. I think about Jesus initiating crossing the lake with the disciples, and how they so willingly got in the boat with Him at the beginning, not knowing what kind of storms they would encounter.
They simply said yes to the journey of crossing the waters with Him because they trusted His nature and His character, not because He promised them calm waters.
Friends, Hebrews 6:19 tells us that “this hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls”. So many of us, myself included, have gotten too caught up in what storm is going on around us, instead of pressing into the promise, presence, and person that is Jesus, who is sitting right in our boat with us. Notice how calm and unshaken Jesus was in the middle of the raging storm Luke describes; Jesus was completely at rest, right in the middle of this dangerous storm.
He gives us the same opportunity of rest, we are invited to approach the storms of life completely unshaken, because what is stirring on the inside of us is greater than anything stirring on the outside of us. When you keep your foundation secure in Jesus and you continue to stir your faith by pressing in to more and more of Him, you will no longer be consumed with fear, confusion, anger, anxiousness, or worry when the storms of life come. Why? Because you have taken hold of the Anchor, and your faith is so much bigger than your fear.
Remember why you started. Go back to the moment where you first said ‘yes’ to crossing the lake and going to deeper, unknown, unchartered waters with Him. Remember WHO is in your boat. He didn’t ask you to journey this life alone, He is your boat captain. He is leading the way. The waters may become rocky, the wind may stir and become loud, and the journey may even seem longer and more uncomfortable than we would’ve hoped – but this hope, this sweet Hope, leads us through the storms, by faith, and whenever we let Jesus lead our boat, we can be assured that we will always arrive safely to our destination. Who is in your boat?
Stir your faith. Dig deeper into relationship with Him so that you can be secured from the inside out.
Remember why you started. You didn’t start walking with Jesus because you were confident that you would never encounter trouble again, rather, you encountered Love and every worry and question mark was erased by thanksgiving.
Because He is our anchor, we have the capability to be anchored, even everything around us is roaring. In turn, we can bring this same Hope into an environment and season for people who don’t even know Him personally yet. When we are anchored, we bring Hope to the broken world. Storms produce perseverance in us so we can fight for those around us. Take heart, keep sailing!
Shae // @shaetate