As ‘Fisherman’s Tail’ reminded us, the first disciples knew a lot about being on the Sea of Galilee and experienced first hand the storms that disturbed daily routines and threatened lives. On occasions, they were desperate – and Jesus seemed no help to them, sleeping in the stern. Yet when woken, He calmed the storm and dealt with the situation, rebuking them for their lack of faith. (Mark 4:35-41)
For most of us, life at present feels like being on a sea of panic. All our routines are altered (and for most of us, that is scary and unsettling); we feel we have little to no control over anything. We feel that the ‘sea’ is very rough right now.
But I’m reminded again of the difference between floating and floundering. When we’re learning to swim, we often thrash about in the water, fearful, out of our comfort zone when our feet aren’t on terra firma. We need to learn to cooperate with the water, to trust it, to work with it, not against it. We need to learn to float.
When we float, we let the water support us (even if it’s tossing us about in a storm!) We rest. We trust. In these turbulent times, our default position must not be to fret, to flounder or to flail on this sea of panic, but to float. We need to trust God, to praise God and to wait patiently for Him.