Thought for the day – Sunday 14 June

Thought for the day - Sunday 14 June

Dear All

A man told his wife one day that he was ‘homesick’, she replied, ‘but this is your home’, ‘yes I know’ he said, ‘I’m sick of it’. Maybe we are all a bit ‘homesick’ just now. We’ve been at this lockdown now for three months and being at home for unusually long stretches is not quite normal for most of us. Understandably we’re a bit ‘sick of it’. We hope it will all end soon. It will!

I’m not prone to travel sickness. I don’t know about seasickness though as I fly more than sail and I’m in no hurry to find out. Seasickness is pretty nasty I’m told. Even the famous Admiral Lord Nelson of Trafalgar fame, believe it or not, was given to feeling a bit queasy at sea. Yes! the great seafaring Admiral was at times, a bit ‘green around the gills’. Life is full of surprising ‘contradictions’.

My understanding of seasickness, travel sickness, car sickness or air sickness is that they are all properly called ‘motion sickness’. Whether the disciples ever suffered or not we shall never know but one thing we do know is that they were in a boat during a storm and they were scared.

The calming of the storm is recorded in each of the synoptic gospels, ie Matthew, Mark and Luke. It was at Jesus’ invitation that they got into the boat in the first place. The water was calm at first and then with sudden fury, there arose a violent storm. The suddenness of such storms was not unusual due to the topography around the lake (sometimes referred to as the Sea of Galilee) and are still frequent occurrences to this day. They come and go.

The calming of the storm is presented and often interpreted as a miracle but as with most miracles they can be ‘troublesome’ to the modern mind. What are we to make of them? I see little point in senseless speculation. If it was as miraculous as we read, then that is good and well but what does it tell us about today as many people perish in storms at sea all over the world.

The word ‘miraculous’ is bandied about without too much thought I would suggest. If a miracle can be explained then it should be explained. We are no less believers in Jesus Christ if we seek explanations than those who see a ‘miracle’ in everything.

People all over the world face each day in all manner of circumstances. There are those for whom life is a constant struggle. Struggling does not always imply financial hardship, though it usually does, but can be a battle against ill health, uncertainty, remorse, guilt and the difficult business of day to day living itself. The sunshine doesn’t brighten up everyone’s life.

Some folk find life easy and pleasant and who would want to deny anyone their happiness but just as life can be plain sailing so too there can arise storms which threaten everything, even life itself. Fear and dread can overwhelm. Whether or not life is plain sailing or whether we are feeling overwhelmed in a storm it is the presence of Jesus Christ that makes all the difference.

None of us is immune to the trials and tribulations of living. The storms of life can arise anywhere at any time and engulf anyone no matter their status. As with the disciples in the boat, they were not saved from a storm they were comforted in a storm and given the assurance that Jesus was in command. Storms might rage around us but the presence and inner peace of the Lord calm our troubled hearts and troubled minds.

Today I ask you to think/meditate on these things.

God bless you!

Jim

JBoag@churchofscotland.org.uk

LUKE 8: 22-25

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement, they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

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