Matthew 8:24 – And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but He was asleep. (KJV)
When commencing the next part of our journey north up the inside passage of the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, the sea was literally like a millpond. I was very pleased with myself that I had prepared a meat casserole and placed it in the oven ready for my husband when we arrived at our next port-of-call.
The weather, however, slowly changed, and the swells gradually became higher and higher with a heavy chop, and we began to take a little sea over the bow. The boat would shudder and rock as it shook off the water. For the next number of hours we were in constant movement, and my husband would often remind me, "One hand for the boat and one hand for yourself."
At last we reached our haven, Rivers Inlet. It is impossible to describe fully the rest upon the body after hours of constant movement, the quiet relaxation, the releasing of that steadying hand, and, of course, that wonderful added plus: supper was in the oven ready.
I went below deck into the galley and looked into the oven. To my absolute horror, there was not a teaspoon of casserole in the dish. The lid had come off, and the contents had coated the oven. What a lesson I learnt that day! — a lesson we must all learn regarding life itself — we must never assume the circumstances of this moment to be ongoing, for they can always change.
We may make our plans for future days or years based upon our present situation, but only God knows the changes in store for us. Regardless of whatever may lie before us and be unknown to us at this moment, we have Christ's momentous promise, "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." (Matthew 28:20 KJV)
With Christ in the rocking boat of our life, we shall all reach our haven safely.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for Your moment-by-moment care of us. Thank You for being there for us when we are experiencing those rough seas of life. With Your presence with us, we can weather any storm which may suddenly arise. We enter Your throne room with thanksgiving in the authority of Your Son, Christ Jesus. Amen.