Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. –Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG)
2020 has been a year that you are unable to figure out!
The storms of life have come. No one escapes life’s storms, but this year has been a doozy. When storms rage in your life and you are struggling to keep your balance, do you have a “stabilizer?
Let’s talk ships. For thousands of years, rolling and pitching due to rough seas plagued ships and passengers onboard. Seasickness was common for travelers. Today, cruise ships are modern marvels. Take Royal Caribbean’s ship “Allure of the Seas” for example. It can carry some 6,400 passengers, and at 1,187 feet long, it is only 63 feet shorter than the Empire State Building. However, it is still vulnerable to the natural conditions of wind, weather and seas. Yet, all modern cruise ships have “stabilizers” onboard, which counteract the motion of the ship by changing the angles of underwater fins attached to the hull — making people who are prone to seasickness much more comfortable than in years past.
We all need a “stabilizer” in our life which counteracts the effects of the winds and waves we are undergoing. Christ-followers have an ultimate stabilizer at their disposal — and it is called trust in God. As a ship’s stabilizer works to counteract motion (note that it doesn’t calm the sea!), trust in God works to calm our fears, even when the storms of life are at their strongest–even in 2020!.
Trust is active, not passive. Trust is not just a belief, but belief in action. Trust means that even though life doesn’t turn out the way we hope, we know God loves us and is still with us. Trust means that even when we don’t see solutions to our problems, we are still certain that God keeps His promises.
Today, when a storm comes your way (for some a passing shower, for others a hurricane), I encourage you to choose to trust God. In trusting, God may not calm the storm, but I am confident that He is the One who can calm your heart.