Today’s cruise ships are modern marvels. I read where the Royal Caribbean cruise line recently launched “Oasis of the Seas”, at present it is the largest cruise ship afloat. It can carry some 6,300 passengers. At 1,181 feet long, it is only 68 feet shorter than the Empire State Building. As large as a ship like this can be, it is still vulnerable to the natural conditions of wind, weather and seas. Yet, all modern cruise ships have “stabilizers” onboard, which counteract the motion of the ship by changing the angles of underwater fins attached to the hull – making people who are prone to seasickness much more comfortable.
So, when a storm comes your way, I encourage you to choose to trust God. In trusting, God may not calm the storm, but I am confident that He will calm your heart. “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG)
Storms come to every person’s life. When a loved one gets sick it seems like the rain of pain will never end. When a relationship becomes full of troubles it’s as if gale force winds blow to rip it apart. The stormy seas of anger toss and turn when something or someone you were counting on fails to follow through. No one escapes life’s storms. When the storm rages in your life and you are struggling to keep your balance, do you have a “stabilizer” in your life that counteracts the effects of the trial you are undergoing?
Christ-followers have an ultimate stabilizer at their disposal – and it is called trust in God. As a ship’s stabilizer works to counteract motion the effects of ruff sea conditions, trust in God works to calm your fears, even when the storms of life are at their strongest.
However, trust is active, not passive. Trust is not just a belief, but belief in action. Trust means that even though life doesn’t turn out the way you hope, you know that God loves you and is still with you. Trust means that even when you don’t see solutions to your problems, you are still certain that God keeps His promises.