These are indeed perilous times. The coronavirus has the nation still reeling. Does the future hold a cure or a vaccine? And if so, when will it happen? It is yet unknown how, or will, our economy rally after the devastating blow of mass unemployment resulting from the pandemic closures.
Added to these problems across this nation, there are now riots and destruction, all in the name of justified protests. We are a nation where people can freely assembly, and voice their protests/causes peaceably. While we have that right, it is not our right to protest violently. It is not our right to destroy someone’s property. It is not our right to steal what is not ours.
Many people await in fear for the unseen ending of each of these situations.
As Christians we are concerned, but we need not ever fear. While we don’t know the future, we do know Him who holds the future in His hand. As the old song says, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand. He’s got you and me brother in His hand.
One day Jesus said to the disciples let’s get in the boat and said, “Let us cross over to the other side.” After a while, a great wind storm arose, and the waves beat into the boat so much so that it was filling up. While Jesus was asleep in the stern, they feared because they looked to the waves and wind instead of remembering He was in the boat with them.
They feared instead of remembering He said, “Let us cross over to the other side.”
He rebuked the wind, and told the sea to be still and at peace. The storm was stopped. Then He rebuked them for not having faith.*
Today, if we take our eyes off who is in the boat with us, and look to the news, we too will fear. If you are not fearful over these things that is good. But, unfortunately there will be days that will come with things which can grip your heart with fear if you let it.
That’s when you have to remember Jesus said – He will get you to the other side of your storm. Till then, know He is in the boat with you
* Mark 4:35-41