Yesterday was a very windy and rainy day here in the northeast. I make deliveries and and I had to wait at my first one since it had not opened yet. As I sat there, my little truck shaking in the wind, watching sheets of rain come down I was struck with a thought.
I was thinking of the Gospel story when the apostles were in the boat crossing the Sea of Galilee and Jesus was sleeping. (Mark 4:35–41; Luke 8:22–25) They were going through a storm, the boat being tossed in the wind and waves, sheets of rain coming down. I put myself in the boat, which wasn’t hard with the way the weather was here, and wondered what the apostles must have been thinking.
They probably thought it was the end for them, the boat would capsize or be swamped and they would all drown. They woke Jesus imploring him to save them. I could picture Jesus waking up and calmly saying, “Why are you afraid? Why don’t you have faith? Don’t you know I will save you and not let you perish?” and he calmed the seas.
What has this to do with Thanksgiving? I thought of all the times I had been in stormy seas, the bad times I have had in my life, when I thought all was hopeless and lost. Yet, somehow I always made it through. I admit back then I didn’t ask Jesus for help, but he helped me anyway. He was always there for me and he never gave up on me. And that is what I am thankful for today, that he was there, that he never gave up on me, even though I gave up on him.
Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” Matthew 8: 23 – 27
I now know He is with me and He won’t let me perish no matter how bad things may get. Happy Thanksgiving to all and may Gd Bless you.