Powerful storms are nothing new and were nothing new for those on the Sea of Galilee. The Sea of Galilee is an inland lake about six miles wide and twelve miles long. The sea is positioned several hundred feet below the level of the Mediterranean Sea and is known for being very warm. But when the cold air comes down off Mt. Herman and the dark clouds make their way to Galilee, no one on the sea is exempt from the fury. Even in Bible times, the Sea of Galilee was known for its tumultuous weather. In the Bible we see an event that was rough enough to cause several life-long fishermen to fear for their lives.

When we look at the storm in this story, we are reminded of the fact that the storms of our lives often come upon us quickly and unexpectedly. We each experience trials, tragedies, and devastation at some point in our lives. Our nation collectively has experienced sudden storms that continue even today. There is no way to prevent such trials or to deal with them. The only hope we have during the storms of life is in Jesus Christ.

How we handle the storms of being alive determines the outcome of our life’s voyage. Will we let the waves of culture and crisis force us to drift and shipwreck, or will we set a hook on something solid and weather the storm.

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