Rough Water

In March while on a cruise in the Caribbean with my husband, I woke up and looked out my stateroom window at some very rough water. (actual photo from our cabin window)

Over the past twenty years, I have been on a number of cruises.  Some of these cruises were smooth while others were not.  On this particular morning, I gazed out at the choppy water--unafraid.  I was secure in the knowledge I was safe inside my cabin.  I felt peace, contentment and gratitude that I was not being tossed on the waves just a few feet from where I stood.

The Bible tells the story of the first ever cruise.  This cruise line was not a luxury liner like the one I was on.  It was simply called The Ark.  The second-in-command was a righteous man named Noah.  (We all know who was really in charge aboard The Ark.)  Noah and shipmates were on one of those extended trips lasting months--not days.  His accommodations were far more rustic than mine.  Still, the truth of being secure aboard his ship remains the same as mine.

I won't go into all the typology of The Ark, the flood, the judgment of God or Noah.  I just want to make one point for you to chew on today.

Inside the Ark is safe--outside the Ark is not!

If you feel like you are being tossed about on rough water, are you sure you have checked into your stateroom?  It's not that hard.  Here are easy to follow instructions from Hebrews 4:14-16 in the Message Bible. 

"Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help."

This second photo was taken seconds after the one above.  Sometimes just taking a step back can give us a brand new perspective.   

If you are feeling tossed on the rough waters...don't accept this as normal.

Inside the Ark is safe--outside the Ark is not!

Lord, I'll take the mercy you are offering and accept that help.


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