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“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!””
The Sea of Galilee isn’t exactly the kind of “sea” you are thinking about. It is a lake. Sea means basin, so it is a large basin of water. My family spent lots of time on the lake when I was a kid, and I have some of the best memories from then. But, I cannot remember there ever being a storm so big and bad on the lake that we were scared for our lives. Granted, the boats we were on had motors, and were not an oversized canoe looking boat.
While I sat on the tour boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee I felt a calm like I’ve never felt before. I could say it was because I love being at the lake, in a boat with fish jumping all around me, and bonus, it was a beautiful day. But I don’t believe that was the reason. I believe with all my heart that it was because I asked God to be with me, for the Holy Spirit to reveal to me the places Jesus spent time, and He did! I can’t explain it, but there were only a few places I had the same feeling, and I believe it was God answering my prayer.
This was at the beginning of our boat ride, and we were so thankful that it was a calm day. We both have issues with motion sickness, and had even thought about skipping the boat ride. We are so glad we didn’t miss it.
Let me tell you what is happening in this photo.
This is my dear, dear friend Sandy. She was brave enough to embark on this journey with me, to put up with me for 24/7 for 16 days, and I love her more today than ever! She has truly blessed my life!
On the right you can see the platform that I was sitting on, and taking in the absolute beauty that surrounded us. I was imagining the people looking across the lake at the crowd of people gathered to hear Jesus teach, and them heading in his direction to see what all the fuss was about. I don’t know what Sandy was thinking about while she stood at the side of the boat, but I know she was at peace. (We discussed it later.) The men in charge of the boat tour started playing worship music as we headed back to shore, and we were singing along. It was perfect. I can close my eyes and put myself right back on that boat, and I can feel that calm all over again.
God is so good about calming things in me. Being on the Sea of Galilee reminded me that I always need to ask God to calm my storms. I have known that all along, and going half way around the world didn’t suddenly bring that to light. I just need to remember that daily. I can almost hear Him saying, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”