Is Jesus in Your Boat?
And a great windstorm arose, and the
waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on the
cushion. And they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we
are perishing?” And He awoke
and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind
ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark
NBC sportscaster Charlie Jones
was given the assignment of covering the rowing events in the 1996 Olympic
Games in Atlanta, Georgia. He knew almost
nothing about these sports. So, upon his
arrival to the venue one week before the games began, he interviewed athlete
after athlete, trying to learn as much as possible about Olympic rowing.
questions were basic. What do you do if
it’s raining? What do you do if you
break an oar? What if the wind blows you
off course? And the answer to all of
these questions was the same from each athlete he interviewed. Their answer?
“That’s outside my boat.” These rowers were
interested only in what they could control as they vied for Olympic medals: what
was going on inside their boat.
Can you control
storms in your life? No, that’s outside
your boat. Can you control what someone
else may try to do to you? No, that’s
outside your boat. Can you control the
economy or a disease or a sudden accident?
No, those are all outside your boat.
You cannot control things
that happen outside your boat. But you
can control whether or not Jesus is in your boat. If you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ,
then He is with you. You will be alright
in any storm, no matter what it is, because the presence of Jesus in your life
overrides your storm, and He will not jump ship and leave you alone! Nothing can separate you from His presence!
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Posted on 12/09/2014
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under