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Luke 8:22-25 – One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's cross to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and started out. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, "Where is your faith?" The disciples were terrified and amazed. "Who is this man?" they asked each other. "When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!" (NLT)

As a close-knit workgroup, we set out for a weekend camping trip to forge down the South Fork of the American River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, southwest of Lake Tahoe near Sacramento, California, USA. The excitement was palpable as we prepared camp for what we had heard would be the thrill of a lifetime. Several group members expressed excitement with their thoughts of going over the whitewater caused by the fast-flowing rapids the following day. As we made our way to the drop-off spot, we could hear the sound of the roaring waves as they crashed down through the rocks of the river.

We wore bathing suits, tennis shoes, canvas brimmed hats, and life jackets, and we carried rafting paddles. As I took my place in the raft, I began to wonder if I had made the right decision by coming on this adventure. We were quickly onto the waves as we paddled our way through and over rock formations. As a first-time rafter, I found myself hanging on to the ropes which were attached to the side of the raft as we made it safely through the turbulent waves. At the end of the run, we landed in peaceful waters.

This experience led me to the story of the disciples finding themselves in turbulent waters: they were frightened when the boat they were in was about to be swamped in the Sea of Galilee. After the Master was awakened from His sleep, He spoke to the turmoil and all was once again calm. This reminds me of how our ever-present Lord will bring us through the turmoils of life to His peace, which is so clearly described in the hymn, Wonderful peace by Warren D. Cornell:

    I am resting tonight in this wonderful peace,
    Resting sweetly in Jesus' control;
    For I'm kept from all danger by night and by day,
    And His glory is flooding my soul!

    Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
    Coming down from the Father above!
    Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray,
    In fathomless billows of love!

Are we burdened with the troubles and turmoil of our lives? Let us rest in His control; He will give us the calmness and strength to weather the storms of life — if we give Him control.

Prayer: Dear Lord, we come to You in our weakness to ask for Your strength. You have said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT) Thank You for Your ever-present help in trial. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Parise Arakelian

1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    You are a brave women!

    This was right on. Thanks for keeping me going today.

    It’s all about control. When we let God have control of our lives we have all that we need and we are at peace. Thanks for writing!

    Another good one Parise,
    A great comparison. I felt like I was right there.

    Dear Parise:
    Thank you for your beautiful words and wonderful imagery. Truly a message of hope.
    God bless you always.

    Hey Parise
    Way to go! Wonderful message, and by your account, a wonderful, exciting trip.
    Thank you for a bright and beautiful thought for the day.

    THANK YOU Parise for your DEVOTION today!
    You reminded me to LOOK to OUR LORD for help when life’s storms are raging.

    Dear Parise,
    What an exciting adventure! You did an excellent job relating your experience and applying it to the Scripture. God is certainly in control of all situations – all we need to do is trust Him.

    Just read your message as we sit in the kitchen, with a view of the beautiful mountains God has created. The message is very appropriate for us today.

    Hello Parise. You’ve done it again. As I was reading your story, I thought, what haven’t you done? What courage it took for you to get out there and negotiate the rapids! It’s amazing how the Lord takes the events in our lives and uses them to serve Him. In raising children, and all in their teens at the same time, there were times when I was tempted to say WHY ME, LORD? But some of the difficult situations, I learned and was able to share and help those who came to me for help. I could draw from what experiences I had. So thanks again for sharing what you experienced and then spiritualized. Keep those coming.

    Enjoyed your message. One Sunday over 25 yr. ago now I was asked to present the sermon to our very small start up church. Going down the rapids was nothing compared to this challenge “in my mind”. Not comfortable up front.
    Well, my message was similar to yours in a way. My friend and I were on our last leg of our Trans Siberian train trip. It had been daunting, amazing, sad; basically a myriad of things.
    We come to Warsaw & are all taken off the train with no explanation & the train took off. It wasn’t coming back for what I thought was the longest time.
    Finally, the train does return. There was a change in train track gauge, who would know. And a Russian who would have been talking with says to me, you of little faith. What a lesson. Blessings.

    Thanks Parise for the wonderful reminder.

    Thanks for sharing lessons in life we always learn from.

    Good Job Parise!!
    Great story and tie in.

    Dear Parise,
    Thank you for your …. “give Him the control” … “He’s strong in the storm” … devotional.
    I need it, as we all do.
    Keep writing for His sake and our’s.


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