After twenty years of living away from my home town, it' crazy that I'm back. The charming and beautiful Susan and I drive around town with our granddaughter and think we're in the twilight zone. Or in somebody else's life. It's surreal.
Pastor Glen Mustian of Calvary Chapel Eureka, USN (ret), spoke about Jesus calming storms. He gave a lesson in seamanship. The sailor learns that the surface of the ocean is never the same. Sometimes the sea is clear and sometimes murky. One day rough, the next calm. The sea can be blue. It can be green. It can be black.
This analogy connects perfectly with my life or your life. One day, where I'm going in life is clear, the next day, murky. Sometimes my relationship with my wife is calm and the next day we're screaming at each other. Some days, my skies are blue; the next black and stormy. Forbidding. It looks like a storm big enough to wash me away is bearing down on me.
In the Bible story, Pastor Glen reminds us that the disciples had no doubt Who to cry out to. When things looked hopeless, they all immediately cried out to Christ. That's definitely a lesson that needs to sink deep into my brain. When I'm frustrated with the way things are going around the house, I lash out at my wife. I blame her. I need to cry out to the Lord. When I'm frustrated with not knowing where my life is going, I'm tempted to jump ship rather than stay in the boat and ride out the storm with the Lord. Who know what kind of miracle He's going to perform? Know one knows what kind of opportunity will greet me once I land on shore. But I might have to weather the storm of my life before my feet are back on solid ground.
It's weird that I had to travel from warm tropical shores to the shores of the Redwood Coast to learn lessons I thought I already knew. What's next?