She was sitting on the dock all alone. She was enjoying the peacefulness and feeling the thrill of “being away from it all”. The water was glassy and the sun shone brightly overhead. She often meets with Jesus at times like this, so when she saw Him standing in the distance she invited Him to come sit with her. They sat in silence for awhile just enjoying each other’s presence. Then she offered to take Him for a ride in the boat that was tethered on the dock. She had a favorite spot just around the bend where she sometimes went to escape the reality of her life. Her job of being an elementary school teacher and a single parent of two beautiful daughters sometimes made her feel more like a machine than a person.
As they were getting into the boat, Jesus moved towards the steering wheel and asked if He could drive her to a special place. She sat down on the seat behind Him and looked forward to an adventure with Jesus. She didn’t know where He is taking her, but they have spent a lot of time together and she trusts Him. Besides she has no choice but to trust Him because she can’t swim and He has control of the boat. She loves boat rides so she lets the wind blow through her hair and enjoys the warmth of the sun on her back.
After a while she looks behind her and realizes they are getting further and further from the shoreline. The water gets choppier when they get further from the shore and off in the distance she can see a huge thunder cloud gathering momentum. She knows they will never get back to the shore before that storms hits. She left her children on the shore thinking she would be right back. Now, she is feeling quite anxious. This doesn’t feel like fun anymore. If anything happens to her, her daughters will be without a mother. They are teenagers and still need the guidance a parent has to offer. The anxiety of the unknown is beginning to feel like torture. She would much rather be enjoying the comfort and safety of the shoreline.
Jesus gently speaks her name and turns to look at her. His eyes are so gentle and caring that she can’t take her eyes off of Him. He tells her that if she will keep her eyes on Him, He will take her through the storm. She believes Him as His eyes remind her that they have been through many storms before. She is flooded with peace in the realization that her children are being taken care of in ways she can not see. This adventure is for her and somehow she knows this will make her a better mother,a better teacher, a better friend, a better christian.
The waves are becoming larger and the boat hits an especially big wave. It leaps forward while the water splashes over the bow and into her face. She feels her anxiety rise again. He gently calls her to keep her eyes on Him. It is amazing how He knows her so well that He can sense when her anxiety is overtaking her faith. When she looks at Jesus, the storm doesn’t seem so scary. She knows He is in control and He has the power to calm the storm or to keep her safe in the midst of it. While keeping her eyes on Jesus she begins to enjoy the thrill of the ride.