When the waters rise

I wonder if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment: a bit overwhelmed by the demands of family or work; a bit overwhelmed by the political situation we find ourselves in; a bit overwhelmed by the changes coming to Bourne End.

Sometimes we all feel as though we are faced with too much, juggling too many balls, as if we might drown under the weight of what life is throwing at us. At such times, I often think of a story about Jesus and his friends. The Gospels tell us that the disciples were caught in a storm on the Sea of Galilee and felt completely overwhelmed. These are experienced fishermen who know about boats and water and we are told that they were scared because they thought they were going to drown. Meanwhile, Jesus was asleep on a cushion in the stern of the boat; asleep not because he did not care, but asleep because he knew that he was in command, not the wind or waves. He tells his friends to not be afraid. Did you know that this command appears 366 times in the Bible? That’s once for every day of the year, even in a leap year. Do not be afraid!

If you are feeling overwhelmed by life at present, I pray that you might know that Jesus is with you and that you will hear him say ‘Do not be afraid for I am with you.’

with love and prayers