The Strong Winds of Life


I have repeatedly stated that the physical world often mimics the spiritual. John 6 captures a great example of that assertion. Let’s read it.

 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

How many times in life has a strong wind rocked the boat of life in your world? The waters of life are stirred by The Strong Winds of Life. Those strong winds make the waters rough rocking your boat back and forth. We wonder what will happen to us. We realize that The Strong Winds of Life cause the waters to be stirred which impacts the calmness of our lives.

In John 6  above, the disciples were in a boat traveling to where Jesus had told them to go. Their journey was interrupted by The Strong Winds of Life. While in the midst of the storm, the disciples saw Jesus, but  they did not recognize Him. How many times has something gone on in our lives where we missed that it was Jesus who was with us? Here, the disciples view was distorted by The Strong Winds of Life. Why? I am convinced it was because the disciples focused too much on the wind and the waves.

I can’t say that after rowing three or four miles that I would not have been focused on The Strong Winds of Life which caused the waters to get rough. I am sure the waves were pushing against the boat. We tend to take our eyes off our focus when we encounter trouble. What should we do or how should we face that? Hebrews 12 tells us “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” The disciples saw Jesus but did not recognize Him. Why? They were focused on The Strong Winds of Life, but the 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 tells us “17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

We must learn to fix our eyes on Jesus, the eternal, and not on the temporal or momentary, The Strong Winds of Life. The challenge is that we only get this practice through going through the storms. I am not sure what waves are assaulting your boat now, but I know that Jesus is with you just as He was with the disciples. Jesus says, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” See Him be strengthened by Him.

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