Pastors Keyboard: Recently with so much happening in the church and world that are completely outside of my control, I feel like a little fish in a big pond. In prayer, the Lord brought to my mind the apostles on the Sea of Galilee at night. A storm suddenly came up and the waves were hitting the boat very hard, causing them to become hopeless and discouraged. What they did not know is that Jesus was on a mountain nearby and He saw their predicament. They did not see Him but He saw them. He then came walking on the water to them. They were afraid until they heard His voice say “Take courage! It is I. Do Not Be Afraid!”
At that moment the wind did not stop blowing and the waves did not stop crashing, the darkness that enveloped them did not become light. The circumstances around them that had caused them to fear, did not change. What changed was that they now had a new PERSPECTIVE! Jesus’ presence, their realization that He saw them! He was with them! He could and would see them through the situation. He helped them to see that Jesus was Stronger than the wind, Greater than the waves, brighter than the darkness, even though these things were still present. They were now Present to the Presence of the Lord. And that changed everything inside which gave them courage to face what was outside.
Many of you, myself included, might feel like we are going through a long dark night based on the problems in the world, the church, our families, and our work. Whatever it is that threatens to bring us to a place of darkness or hopelessness, we must look beyond. It is in these times that we need to most seek to be Present to the Presence of the Lord who always sees us, seeks us, loves us, and saves us. Yes, the circumstances outside have not and may not change right away and the storm may even get worse, but Christ will give us the strength to pull through.
Let us sing and remember that beautiful old hymn:
“No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that rock I’m clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?”
Your brother and father in Christ Jesus,