Mick’s CV Memo – Weathering Storms
Scripture records two separate incidents of Jesus and the disciples caught in frightening storms on Galilee. The Sight and Sound presentation “Jesus” graphically portrayed one of them when Jesus was walking on the water and called Peter out of the boat. The other tells of Jesus sleeping through the storm when the disciples are beside themselves with fear. Here in Central NY you may have been caught out on Oneida Lake when a front passed through and created instant breakers; I know I have.
During my time in the Navy I experienced one hurricane and a few other instances of gale winds and heavy seas (you probably saw this kind of illustration coming when you saw the title). Storms at sea test mariners. Winds and waves get chaotic—unpredictable and uncontrollable; characteristics we try to avoid in life. On the ship we took precautions. We ballasted the ship to give it greater stability. We tied down anything exposed to the elements. We had a steel cable across the bridge to grasp and prevent being tossed around. We had straps in our bunks to keep us in them whether we were able to sleep or not. We kept the ship headed in the right direction to minimize the danger of capsizing even it meant going in a direction we hadn’t planned. We were caught in the hurricane for a little over 3 days. It tested us physically, intellectually and emotionally. Men prayed who never prayed before. At first it was curiously fascinating and a break from routine. As the 2nd and 3rd days wore on we were sleep deprived, drained and wondering when it would end. This image is shows what it was like, but a little worse than this.
Finally, the wind and waves started to die down, we refueled and 2 days later we arrived in Rota, Spain. We assessed the damages, made repairs and applied many lessons learned from the storm.
We are weathering a storm. Regardless of the origins, it is upon us and we are a bit weary of coping with its uncertainties. The winds and waves of it may have abated a bit, but it is still dangerous. It is still a threat to people’s health. The economic impact is still growing for individuals, families, businesses, communities and countries. Storms eventually die down and become part of the background of the more typical challenges of life. In some ways they make our former challenges seem less daunting. Storms teach us lessons. I hope this is teaching us about the blessing it is to have human interaction. Sometimes we can minimize the value of our opportunities to spend time together as families and as brothers and sisters in Christ. This is reminding me of those blessings.
The accounts of Jesus and storms reminds us of a very important fact—He is with us in it. He knows this is challenging our faith and our endurance. He wants us to see His power—the One who created this along with the vast universe beyond. He is teaching us. Peter and the disciples gained a fuller understanding of Jesus because of the storms. So can we.
We are blessed with a dedicated team who continue to connect us—office staff, worship arts team, Next Generation leaders and teachers, and small group leaders. Pray for our entire leadership team as we explore the best means to carry out the Lord’s will during this storm and after it.
With you in the storm,