One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they put out, and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A windstorm swept down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and they were in danger. They went to him and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’ They were afraid and amazed, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?”Luke 8:22-25
It can feel these days like we’re sailing through a stormy sea. We’re all in the same sea, yet in different boats. Some boats are sturdy, some are rickety, some are taking on water, and some have capsized. Whatever condition it seems that our own boat is in, we are called to do as Jesus did. We are called to rebuke the wind and the raging waves. We do that not by attempting the futile task of trying to control people, places, and things, but by calming our own minds. Take time apart to rest awhile. Read inspiring ideas. Gaze on what you find beautiful. Listen to what brings you delight.
You will be amazed as Jesus’ disciples were. You’ll wonder what within you has the power to calm the waves and wind. And that loving Presence will whisper, “Remember I am here. Put your faith in me. I am always with you. I am always within you.” From that strength you will go forth into your day to shine light, to express peace. Without even knowing it, you will reassure others that there is an end to this storm. We will be the stronger and the clearer for having faced and overcome it. For those in boats that are rickety, or taking on water, or capsized, you will be a lifeline. For that we are responsible. Be the calm you long for. Float your boat on peace.
In the Love and Light of the Risen Christ,