"One day Jesus said to his disciples, 'Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.' So they got into a boat and started out. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, 'Master, Master, we’re going to drown' When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?'The disciples were terrified and amazed. 'Who is this man?' they asked each other. 'When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”Luke 8:22-25 NLT
It was Jesus' idea to get into the boat and go to the other side of the lake. He instigated the trip. His disciples simply followed. But as soon as they got going, they were hit with a terrific storm that threaten to drown them.
Have you ever decided to follow Jesus only to be met with a terrific "storm" that comes against you? Perhaps it is the storm of a relationship in turmoil. It could be health, finances, death, illness, crisis or something else. Your doing the right thing by following Jesus, but only to be battered by life's tribulations.
Life with Jesus does not mean life without storms. Jesus has called us to join him on the journey of life. We will be met with difficult storms. But, Jesus is in the boat with us. He can and will see us safely through our storms and into the port of heaven.
What storm are you facing right now? Are you in the boat with Jesus?