Deep Sea Fishing
As I mentioned, last week we took a family vacation to Florida. My son-in-law really wanted to go deep sea fishing, so he planned a trip for anyone who wanted to go. My oldest granddaughter, Chloe, who is a lot like me, was the only kid who went on the excursion.
The day we had the outing booked, a pretty big storm was expected. I was a little apprehensive about this, but I didn’t want to ruin Chloe’s day. I had this vision that if it rained, we would just go inside the boat. I kept telling myself that it really wouldn’t be that big of a deal. As we pulled up to the dock, Chloe and I were both a little shocked at the size of the boat; we would not be going inside if it rained! This is not the exact boat, but it is similar.
The captain of the boat shared the weather report and our options. He had confidence and knew what we could and could not do in the waves and the storm. Hearing him talk gave me a little bit of peace, even though he mentioned we might just take a “three hour tour.” As we took off, Chloe and I sat at the back while the other three were at the front of the boat. As it got rougher, Chloe got scared, actually terrified. Luckily, I couldn’t focus on being scared myself because I was comforting her.
At one point, I told her that even though it was very rough and scary, I trusted the captain. As soon as the words came out of my mouth, it hit me that the Lord is the Captain of the wind and waves. Talk about peace coming over you! Yes, it was still a scary situation, but there was peace in it.
“But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, you of little faith?’ Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was a great calm. The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of Man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey Him!’” Matthew 8:26-27
If you are going through a storm in life right now, please look to the Lord! The circumstances may still be scary, but to think about going through them without Him is unimaginable! That would have been like me manning the boat on our deep sea fishing excursion. The wind and waves would have still been crazy, but I would not have had a clue how to handle them. I am glad we had a captain who knew what he was doing, just as we have a Captain Who can handle the storms of our lives.
By the way, it did get too rough and he advised that we turn back, which we did. When we got to calmer waters, we got to see several families of dolphins, and he let Chloe reel in a fish. It all turned out to be a great experience!
Have a Grace & Joy-filled Day!
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“When I am filled with cares, Your comfort brings me joy.” Psalms 94:19