Friday, 6 November 2009

Be Not Afraid


This view across the water with clouds looming is found where my Retreat is situated on the south coast. When I took the photograph my thoughts turned to an episode recounted in Luke's Gospel.

One day Our Lord was in a boat with His disciples, and He said to them, "Let us go across to the other side of the lake." So they set out, and as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" And He awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, "Where is your faith?" And they were afraid, and they marvelled, saying to one another, "Who then is this, that He commands even winds and water, and they obey Him?" (Luke 8: 22-25)

We are all on that same journey with God as the disciples where back then, we are all crossing that lake through life to reach the other side.

We can take heart brothers and sisters, the Lord is always with us, even though it may seem like He is sometimes resting. You can be sure that He is quite awake and very aware of what storms arise on our journeys.

We must know that there is no storm in life that God cannot calm. We may indeed come across many turbulent times when we think that our ship is almost sinking. We may fear the raging waves that come along, but with Faith and trust in God, there is nothing to worry about. “Do not fear, only believe” the Lord said. (Luke 8: 50)

God will rebuke any storm, no matter how large the waves, or how strong the wind. We are in the very safest of hands.

When we call out, will we be trembling with fear or with faith will we cast all our burdens onto Him? There is nothing in your life that God can not put straight, this we must believe and remember “For all things are possible with God," Jesus said. – (Mark 10: 27)

."Your faith has saved you; go in peace." (Luke 7: 50)

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