Thought for the Week – 21.10.21

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“Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” Luke 8:25

Storm, the 10metre high puppet, is on its way to Oban, celebrating oceans and coastlines, and raising awareness of the crucial role they play in mitigating climate change.

The puppetry appears quite intricate and I would imagine keeping it upright and controlling the movement of limbs and head would take some skill. It looks awesome and probably quite frightening to some of our younger observers. Its name, Storm, conjures up so many images, especially for those of us who live on the coast and are familiar with the changeable forces of nature, especially at this time of the year.

Reading about the impending visitation took me back to the account of Jesus in the boat with his disciples as they crossed the Sea of Galilee. A storm arose. But unlike the puppet, this storm was uncontrollable, unpredictable and caused great fear to arise in those tossed about by the sea in the boat with Jesus. And Jesus…fast asleep!!  They woke him up saying they were all going to drown. Can you imagine the fear they felt? Water all around and no land, no lifeboat to call, just a watery grave. We read that ‘He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”.

And for us too, we have a Saviour who is in the boat with us as we go through the storms of life but we need to call on Him to see us through safely. In Scripture we read ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you…for I am the Lord your God.’

Whatever storm we face today, be sure that Jesus is by your side for He is the only one with authority to calm them and see you through safely.