The Sailboat


Matthew 8:23-27

And when he got into the boat his disciples followed him.  And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.  And they went and woke him saying, “Save, Lord; we are perishing.  And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?”  Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.  And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him.”

Thought for the Day:   God calms the sea around us.

I love funny memories and one came to me this morning.  Many, MANY years ago, my Daddy decided that we were going to buy a small “Sunfish” sailboat from our beloved Lakeshore Camp.  He made the purchase and transported the small boat to our cabin about ½ mile away.  The day came when we were going to sail our “new” sailboat.  We placed the boat on the trailer and drove the short distance to where we were going to put in.  Daddy decided that we probably needed to put the sail on the boat before we put it in the water.  So, we carefully figured out how to do that and we were so proud of ourselves when the mast fit.  Then, I looked at the sail and said, “Daddy, is the “fish” supposed to be upside down?” At that point, all we could do was laugh as it became obvious we had no idea what we were doing.  But, we just turned the sail the correct direction and put into the water.  We climbed on and began our adventure as we headed across the river.  As we headed out away from land, it was slow at first, but then the wind caught us and we quickly sailed to an island that once held a railroad bridge.  When we got to the island and began sailing back to land, we couldn’t.  The wind was blowing the opposite direction.  We realized we did not have a paddle either so we were stuck for a few minutes.  Eventually, the wind died down and we were able to make our way back to land.  I think I remember my Daddy getting off the boat and kissing the land.  I definitely remember a pastor friend making a remark to my Daddy later that he witnessed us sailing at a remarkable fast speed across the river.  That sailboat has now hung under our cabin for over 35 years without being moved.  That is probably the safest place it could reside.

Thinking back over that day, which brought a special memory that would last a lifetime, I still laugh.  But when I think about the wind that took us out over the water, I think about my fear in that moment.  I assure you, as I laugh now, we were not laughing when we were “racing” across that water.  More fear came when we were stuck on that island trying to figure out what we were supposed to do next without a paddle.  The calmness of the wind is what finally helped us on that day and the slow breeze brought us “home”.  As I still have fears today about the future and about the storms that brew in our lives, I pray for that same calmness we experienced that day.  I pray for peace and God brings me peace.  God brings me home.

Prayer:   God, thank you for wonderful experiences that bring happy thoughts to us.  As we go through our day, helps us feel the calmness and peace that only comes from you.  Help us when we are afraid to feel your gentle “breeze”.

Prayer Focus:  Those feeling fear

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