Thursday, April 7, 2016

In the Boat with Jesus!

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That evening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the east side.”  So they left the crowd, and his disciples started across the lake with him in the boat. Some other boats followed along.  Suddenly a windstorm struck the lake. Waves started splashing into the boat, and it was about to sink. Jesus was in the back of the boat with his head on a pillow, and he was asleep. His disciples woke him and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re about to drown?”  Jesus got up and ordered the wind and the waves to be quiet. The wind stopped, and everything was calm.  Jesus asked his disciples, “Why were you afraid? Don’t you have any faith?”   Now they were more afraid than ever and said to each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Mark 4:35-41

Do you remember the song, "Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go?"  I suppose I used to think that going with Jesus was always the quiet and safe road.  That is certainly not true.  If you are with Jesus He may lead you right into the storm!  And in fact, walking with Jesus may be the most "dangerous" path of all!

If you are following Jesus there is no guarantee that He will save your life here on this earth, but He will "save your life" forever with Him in Heaven!  The successful life here below is not the man who lives the longest, but the one who listens to and follows the leading of the Holy Spirit for however long he is here.

The way to finish this life well is to obey Jesus today in every way you can.  And if you are blessed with another day tomorrow, you must do the same!

"Lord Jesus, help me today not to be frightened by the storms of this life.  I just want to be in the boat with You, Jesus as long as my life lasts on this earth.  May You be praised forever.  Amen."

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