To The Other Side

Thu, Nov 19, 2020

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“And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39 ESV Bold added)

We are in the midst of our next United States presidential election. Covid-19 infections are not going away. There are still many people in our cities and now suburbs who live in fear of the next gun shot or fire set. Wild fires burn out west and storms rage on our coasts. Many businesses are diminished. By all appearances, we, as a nation, are in turmoil. Many of us are angry, fed up, and “fit to be tied!” (Google it)

There are many voices coming at us from so many directions: The Media, friends, political leaders, family, work, church, neighbors, Twitter, Facebook, Podcasts, etc. Life has become, in some situations, uncivil.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus was in the boat with His disciples. They were moving across the Sea of Galilee and there were other boats with him. I wonder who was in these other boats and if they experienced the same concern and fear that the disciples had?

I want to challenge us today (and I’m writing largely to myself on this) to take our eyes off the rancor, division, and fretting that swirls around and drenches us like those tumultuous waves of that sea.

I assume the disciples forgot or failed to trust their Master’s words before they got into the boat; On that day when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’” (Mark 4:35 ESV Bold added)

What Jesus had done was to promise them that they would get to the other side of the sea. He did not indicate they would drown. The disciples focused on their immediate circumstances and not on their Lord…the One who made that sea, the world, the universe, and them!

Let’s pray for each other that we each embrace Micah 7:7, “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7 ESV) He will calm our way. 

Comments? Jim.Grunseth@Cru.Org

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