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In three of the four Gospels, the writers record an incident that caused Jesus’ 12 disciples to be astonished and afraid. While crossing the Sea of Galilee, a turbulent storm put them in real peril. Jesus, strangely, was sound asleep. When the disciples awakened Him, He told the storm to stop, and it did.

In the Matthew 8:23-27 account, Jesus and His disciples got into a boat. Being fatigued, Jesus was asleep. It is written that “suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves.” His disciples wakened Him and said, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” His words to them were, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” He then got up and “rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.” The disciples were in awe, and said to each other, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Jesus asked His men why they were fearful. The word translated fearful means cowardly or intimidated. They were losing their nerve, panicking, or coming unglued, so to speak. Jesus questioned their faith, and then rebuked the winds. The wind and waves immediately became tranquil.

boat

Jesus spoke to a raging windstorm, and it immediately stopped. He wasn’t afraid or worried about His safety. He knew God’s Word and knew what He was destined to do, how He would ultimately die, and that His life and the lives of His men were not in jeopardy that day on the water. Jesus knew the source of the storm and the adversary’s intent to startle and paralyze with fear. Jesus knew the authority and the power He had and He used it responsibly and with wisdom.

May you this week know that you have the authority to calm the storm in whatever shape or form it comes to you.  Jesus is always in the same boat. While storms may test you faith, may you remember that this testing is for a purpose.  The purpose is to refine you and mould you for the coming Kingdom where boats lie on the tranquil shores, and storms are no more.

In the same boat

White boat I see you
High on the shore
Where waves don’t
Rock you any more

The dash of blue
Upon your side
That mirrors now
The faithful tide

Out in the lake
The storm blows in
Faith and doubt
To sink or swim

You wake and calm
The wildest waves
Our little faith
Has made us brave

Our faith doesn’t
Limit us anymore
Just as the boat wasn’t
Made for shore

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Walk of Life

There is a story in the Bible in Luke about two men who were traveling down a road toward a village called Emmaus. This was just after Jesus had risen from his grave. The two men were walking and talking about the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. They were very sad and depressed. Another man walked up beside them and asked them what they were talking about and why they were so upset. The two men explained they were talking about their friend Jesus and how he was such a wonderful preacher and prophet. The man who had just joined the other two listened and walked with them for a while. After a while he said goodbye and left them. Later on the two men turned to each other and each suddenly realized who this man was, it was Jesus.

Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
~ Luke 24:31-32

Why did Jesus do this? Why didn’t he just jump out in front of them and exclaim, “Behold it is me Jesus, risen from the dead!”  Perhaps because the two men  just wouldn’t have believed him. Jesus was looking for a relationship, he was looking to impart something of himself to the two men. He wanted to walk with them, support them, comfort them, and then, when the time was right,  move on. Perhaps this is what he calls us to do for other travelers also.

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Sometimes, when there is no answer to our question the best answer is to go for a walk.  It may be that when we no longer know the answer then the journey is just about to begin.  Sometimes we never know who will appear on our journey.Here’s how the poet Wendell Berry described this journey:

It may be that when we no longer know what to do,
we have come to our real work
and when we no longer know which way to go,
we have begun our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.

We all walk down the same road. Sometimes it seems the road less travelled, devoid of people, life, and encouragement. Whether we realise it or not Jesus is always there walking beside us, not ahead of us, and not behind us, just right beside us, quietly prompting us, guiding us, and loving us.  Is there something that Jesus wants to whisper to you today? What does he need to give you? What guidance do you need? Do you need to take a walk?

Walk of Life

Of the answers to their questions
I’m less than sure about
The clarity I long to find
Is shrouded by all doubt

Of all the years of learning
Have not evolved nor proved
The theories of this world
Remain betrayed by truth

Of my impact on this place
I know my footprints well
The good, the bad, the ugly
Moments of heaven and those of hell

Yet in heaven’s game of chess
The Master is far from done
For He has promised me
That my best days are to come

So I will run this race out
As these questions define my life
I will do what I can find
As my faith parades as doubt

So as the ways of wonder
Slows eternity too fast
Of how the outside in
Overtakes our future’s past

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Reading the Gospels without knowing the personality of Jesus is a bit like watching television with the sound turned off. The result is a dry, two dimensional person doing strange, and random things.

Jesus has been described by John Eldredge as a Beautiful Outlaw. In his book by the same name, Eldredge removes the religious varnish to help readers discover stunning new insights into the humanity of Jesus. He was accused of breaking the law, keeping bad company, heavy drinking. Of being the devil himself. He was so compelling and dangerous they had to kill him. But others loved him passionately. He had a sense of humor. His generosity was scandalous. His anger made enemies tremble. He’d say the most outrageous things. He was definitely not the Jesus of the stained glass.

In the author’s winsome, narrative approach, he breaks Jesus out of the typical stereotypes, just as he set masculinity free in his book, Wild at Heart. By uncovering the real Jesus, readers are welcomed into the rich emotional life of Christ. All of the remarkable qualities of Jesus burst like fireworks with color and brilliance because of his humanity.

Eldredge goes on to show readers how they can experience this Jesus in their lives every day. If you get a chance read his book.

For me, Jesus is many things, if I had to describe Him in a couple of words I would probably use friend, and brother. Jesus longs to relate to us, to have a relationship with us. He waits for us.

This week may you come to know how Jesus waits for you, longs for you to come back to Him. In your waiting may you know that Jesus waits with you and for you. Will you spend sometime waiting with Jesus this week. What might you learn? What will be different? What will you be able to share?

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You asked where I went
As if you already knew
Here under the willow tree
Is where I wait for you

You felt abandoned
Like you had no clue
Here under the willow tree
Is where I wait for you

You thought I left
As fast as the morning dew
Here under the willow tree
Is where I wait for you

Come sit here beside me
I can make all things new
Here under the willow tree
Is where I wait for you

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by, and it has made all the difference. This is the last verse in the  famous poem by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken. The poem is all about choices, the roads we choose to take, those who walk beside us, the roads we don’t take because we are too afraid, and the opportunities we may miss.

Our family were out exploring a couple of weekends ago. We were driving along a long windy road in the hills around Wellington. We hadn’t been down this road for a few years. Of course, being a male, I didn’t need a map and convinced my wife that I would follow my nose and my keen sense of direction. My wife offered to read the map for me. I thought about this for a while and was just about to offer some witty reply when I was interrupted by our 7-year-old, “Daddy are you taking us the scenic way again?”  There were few cars on this road, it was clearly the road less travelled, and it took some time to get back to civilization. Was it worth it?  Judging by my wife’s expression,  probably not. I felt certain it was the right road, it was like I was being guided down the road, but by what? Perhaps by my own stubbornness and pride, rather than letting the one beside me guide me by using the map.

There is a story in the Bible in Luke chapter 24 about two men who were traveling down a road toward a village called Emmaus. This was just after Jesus had risen from his grave. The two men were walking and talking about the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. They were very sad and depressed. Another man walked up beside them and asked them what they were talking about and why they were so upset. The two men explained they were talking about their friend Jesus and how he was such a wonderful preacher and prophet. The man who had just joined the other two listened and walked with them for a while. After a while he said goodbye and left them. Later on the two men turned to each other and each suddenly realized who this man was, it was Jesus.

 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
~ Luke 24:31-32

There are many wonderful names for Jesus in the Bible, I think perhaps the two men had just found another one – Jehovah Sneaky.

Why did Jesus do this? Why didn’t he just jump out in front of them and exclaim, “Behold it is me Jesus, risen from the dead!”  Perhaps because the two men  just wouldn’t have believed him. Jesus was looking for a relationship, he was looking to impart something of himself to the two men. He wanted to walk with them, support them, comfort them, and then, when the time was right,  move on. Perhaps this is what he calls us to do for other travelers also.

We all walk down the same road. Sometimes it seems the road less travelled, devoid of people, life, and encouragement. Whether we realise it or not Jesus is always there walking beside us, not ahead of us, and not behind us, just right beside us, quietly prompting us, guiding us, and loving us.

Is there something that Jesus wants to whisper to you today? What does he need to give you? What guidance do you need?

Here or somewhere this week will you share your story? It may help a fellow traveler take another step on the road less travelled.

The Road Less Travelled

Shall we walk together
A little along the way
Will you let me speak
Hope into your life today

Shall we talk together
As we walk today
I know your deepest desire
Before you even pray

Shall we sit together
And rest a while today
Let me take you further
Through me, the only way

Did you feel me fill your soul
As we walked today
Did you heart burn within you
While you walked on your way

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