Taken By The Waves

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Meghan (top row, center) at LOG #87

In the gospel of Matthew, the apostles found themselves on a ship at sea tossed in the waves of a storm. Right in the middle of all of this mess, Jesus walks out onto the water, and the apostles immediately think that he’s a ghost (imagine being an apostle — first you’re stranded at sea now you think there’s a ghost haunting you… yikes). But then Jesus lets them know that it really is him and that they don’t need to be afraid, so this encounter happens:

“Lord, if it is You,” Peter replied, “command me to come to You on the water.” “Come”, said Jesus. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and took hold of Peter. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” And when they had climbed back into the boat, the wind died down. (Matthew 14:29-32)

If I’m anyone, I’m Peter. It seems that the more powerful the storm in my life, the more likely I am to continue to let myself be taken by the waves. This is even when I know that the answer is waiting to take my hand and pull me out of the water. Dealing with the stresses of day to day life seems to be manageable by yourself until something really comes to shake it all up. For me, that was when one of the people I was very close to passed away in January. At that point in time, it felt easier to just swim down into the ocean all around me. That wasn’t an option, though. The real strength and comfort that I’ve found through this entire situation is my assurance that there’s happiness to be found in even the hardest situations if you have faith. I can’t wait to see her again, but I know that it’s only a matter of time.

The idea of trust in God can be frightening, too. You trust a friend to keep a secret or even to catch you when you fall, but you wouldn’t determine the entirety of your life around what your friend knows is good and right. But, that is exactly how God wants us to trust him. Your friend is not “the way, and the truth, and the life,” but God is (John 14:16). Through my experience, the people that I know who have learned to nurture that relationship day by day, to grow in that exact kind of trust, have been those who have really known how to stay above the waves. It’s my hope that someday I can do the same.

I hope this message reaches whoever may need it 🙂

-Meghan Russell, log 82 *clap*

This is one of my favorite quotes, served up just in time for Valentine’s Day:

“Someday, after we have mastered the winds and the waves, the tides and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of love; and then, for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire”  Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1995)

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What a blessing it is to share the love of God with someone!  It can change a person’s life forever.  Think how glad you are that someone invited you to LOG.  Now it is your privilege to pass it on …

LOG #89 – one unconfirmed
LOG #90 – three confirmed and two not confirmed
LOG #91 – one confirmed and one not confirmed

Important dates – mark your calendars:
– February 17-18 – – LOG #89 overnight
– February 24-25 – – LOG #90 overnight
– March 3-4 – – LOG #91 overnight
– March 10-12 – – LOG #89
– March 17-19 – – LOG #90
– March 24-26 – – LOG #91
– March 28 – – Five Guys Reunion Night
– June 23-25 – – LOG #92 at Bashor Home
– June 29 – July 2 – – SOS at Bethel College

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