The Storms of Life
No Christian is immune from the storms of life. When we come by faith to Christ and experience the transforming power of His grace, we are not automatically guaranteed that we will be free from difficulty and trial. Yet we are assured of Gods abiding presence and mighty power to calm our fears and hold us secure in time of trouble.
A seagoing captain commanded a passenger ship that was sailing from Liverpool, England, to New York. His family was on board with him. One night when everyone was asleep, a squall unexpectedly swept over the waters and tossed the ship violently, awakening the passengers. They were all terribly afraid because of the storm. The captains little 8-year-old girl was also awakened. “Whats the matter?” cried the frightened child. Her mother told her that a sudden storm had struck the ship. “Is Father on deck?” she asked. “Yes, Fathers on deck,” came the encouraging answer. Hearing this, the little girl snuggled back into her bed and in a few moments was sound asleep. The winds still blew and the waves still rolled, but her fears were calmed because her father was at the helm.