Blessed… Good Reasons

When Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. A huge storm arose on the lake so that waves were sloshing over the boat. But Jesus was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, rescue us! We’re going to drown!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you people of weak faith?” Then he got up and gave orders to the winds and the lake, and there was a great calm. The people were amazed and said, “What kind of person is this? Even the winds and the lake obey him” (Matthew 8:23-27, Common English Bible)!

We were somewhere out in the Atlantic riding out a pretty significant storm. As a signalman I had to be out in these storms some of the time. During this particular storm I had to send a Morse Code flashing light message to another ship. The rain was pouring, the wind was howling and the waves were huge. The ship was pitching forward and water was coming over the bow of the ship. We were also rolling from side to side. At one point I looked down when the ship rolled and all I could see below me was swirling white water. I knew that if I were to fall out of my light stand there would be no rescue. The water was just to rough to launch a lifeboat. If Jesus had asked me that night the question he asked the disciples, “Why are you afraid,” my response would have been, “Look around us Lord. These are really dangerous waters right now. When your Dad created us, He gave us fear for some really good reasons.”

I don’t think there is anything wrong with fear in and of itself. The problem comes in when fear controls our actions. It’s one thing to be afraid. It is something else entirely different when that fear debilitates us to the point we are unable to function. That kind of fear is more dangerous than whatever it is we fear in the first place.

I know I have said before that I have a fear of snakes. It is an irrational fear. There is nothing wrong with a healthy respect for snakes, but a fear that keeps me from responding in reasonable ways is a different story.

My fear of snakes is so strong, I don’t even want to see them on television. I will hide my eyes until the scene is over. There are movies I won’t watch because I know they have snakes in them. I let snakes control too much in my life.

I think what is central to this story is, Jesus didn’t just calm the storm. In calming the storm, Jesus also calmed what was going on inside the disciples, their fear.

What storm can Jesus calm for you?

Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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