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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

17 February 2010: Linda Cawsey, Petersfield Methodist Church

The Storm of Life

Recently my niece was shortlisted for eight vacancies for graduate entrants with a major international company. There had been 3000 applicants.

In the past fortnight I helped with a sift of 700 applications for a scheme looking for ten people with senior management experience. Many applicants wrote of making people in their department or their own company redundant and now they themselves were out of work.

It brought me up with a jolt as to how desperate times are for young people starting careers and middle-aged people who would be expected to be at the height of their earning potential.

In the Bible we read of Jesus and the disciples crossing the Sea of Galilee in a violent storm. Jesus was asleep in the boat and, although they were experienced fishermen, the disciples believed death was imminent. What they failed to realise was that the only person in the world who had the power to make a difference was in the boat with them. They didn’t want to disturb him.

Does that sound like us? Are you in danger of being overwhelmed by circumstances in your own life? If that is you, remember that Jesus will join you in the boat if you ask him. When the disciples finally woke Jesus, he stilled the storm and they finished their journey. It may be time for you to ‘disturb’ Him too.

Your storm may not pass immediately but Jesus will be there in the boat and there is nothing that He cannot deal with (Romans 8 v35).

 


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