Riding out the storm…

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Psalm 107:23 Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters; 24 they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep. 25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. 26 They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their calamity; 27 they reeled and staggered like drunkards, and were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress; 29 he made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.

A storm is a great metaphor for life isn’t it? We think we have things under control, but then… we don’t. “They reeled and staggered like drunkards, and were at their wits’ end.” Being at “wits’ end” is our state when we’ve tried everything to get out of danger, but nothing works.

Here’s a quote from the New Bible Commentary “Every storm is a summons to trust, for it is not a chance happening or a satanic ploy: it is (God’s) storm and in due course the same hand that roused the storm will still it. Every storm is a call to prayer which will avail even against the mightiest opposing forces.”

If you’re like most people you have some storms in your life right now, places where things are out of control. There’s no shame in admitting we’re in over our heads, that we are powerless to right the ship. But rather than panic we’re invited to pray to our God who continues in the storm-stilling business.

Lord hear the cries of your children in our despair. Calm our fears and restore us to your peace. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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