As you head into the New Year, remember, Jesus is with you…always. Let me share a story about a little girl who taught me understand the peace we can feel when we remember that vital truth.
She was among an eager group of four-year-old children crowded around my feet as I taught their Sunday school lesson. I was the teacher and they were the students—or at least that’s how it started out. The pint-sized audience listened intently as I tried to create a mental image of Jesus and His disciples trapped in a thunderstorm on the Sea of Galilee.
“The winds bleeeeeeew and rocked the little boat back and forth, back and forth. The waves were soooooo big; they splashed over the wooden sides and got the men all wet. Then water started filling up the boat—and do you know what happens when a boat gets full of water?”
“It sinks,” they chimed together.
“That’s right.” I continued with a wrinkled brow and concerned look on my face.
“That’s not all. The lightening was sooooo bright; it looked like fire in the sky. And the claps of thunder were sooooo loud; they could feel it vibrate in their chests.”
After painting this picture of impending doom and thinking I would have my “congregation” just a little worried about the fate of these men trapped in a storm, I asked the question. “Now if you were in a tiny boat like this, caught in a terrible storm like this, would you be afraid?”
Then one precious little girl, confident and unshaken by the entire scenario, shrugged her shoulders and replied, “Not if Jesus was in the boat with me.”
I will never forget that answer. As her words have echoed in my mind, I’ve come to realize that this is the answer that calms all our worries and fears. Just as the disciples had the storm raging all around them, many times the storms of life have raged around us. A friend discovers she has cancer, a husband loses his job, a child is born with birth defects.
These are storms with waves of emotions so high that our lifeboat fills with tears and appears that it could sink at any moment. Waves of fear rock our boat and threaten to spill us into the depths of despair without even a life jacket to keep us afloat.
“Tell me, would you be afraid?”
“Not if Jesus was in the boat with me.”
And guess what? He is. God said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV). Jesus said, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” (Matthew 28:20). Although the storm may be fierce, you don’t need to be afraid, because Jesus is in the boat with you. His power can calm the storm you’re in and calm the storm in you. Click & Tweet! So hang on to Him and He’ll pull you through.
Dear Lord, I am so glad that You are always in the boat with me. When I feel like I’m sinking, You’re in the boat with me. When the sail is full and I’m gliding along peaceful seas, You are with me. No matter what, no matter where, You are there by my side…and I praise You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What is one area of your life that you need more peace? Click on comment and share.
It was on a January morning when God told me to pause for one year and think on what it means to live and move and have my being in Him. That pause led me to write A Sudden Glory. I learned how to live in tandem with God every moment of every day. I discovered that it wasn’t what God wanted from me, but what God wanted for me that really changed my relationship with Him. Do you want more in your spiritual life in 2020? Open the pages and discover God’s lavish response to your ache for something more.
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I love this devotional and have shared it with several people over the last few weeks. The mental picture of that child being safe and unafraid is one that occurs to me quite often, for which I’m so grateful. I want this coming year, and whatever time God has for me on this earth, to always reflect that I KNOW BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT that Jesus is always in my boat!!
My husband. I don’t doubt his salvation. He struggles with a short temper. I was able to see God working on this attitude this past weekend in a good way…when he recognizes what is wrong and it opens a door to talk about the right way to handle a situation…that is God! Just want it to be resolved much quicker, lol. God is good…all the time. Love your blog.
What an encouraging reminder….His loving care surrounds us every step of our journey here. You have a beautiful gift from God and Im thankful for your servants heart. Blessing
“Not if Jesus is with me”
Sometimes its hard, so hard to even feel he is there, but he is.
Thanks for this