Right now we are reading through the Gospel of Luke as a church. Each time I read the Gospels, I never fail to see something new about Jesus and the way he brought transformation to people who he came in contact with.
After Jesus calmed the storm, he said to his disciples, "Why can't you trust me?" (Luke 8:25. Message Bible) That's a good question to consider after God brings you through a tough time.
Luke goes on to say:
Luke 8:26-27. They sailed on to the country of the Gerasenes, directly opposite Galilee. As he stepped out onto land, a madman from town met him; he was a victim of demons. He hadn't worn clothes for a long time, nor lived at home; he lived in the cemetery. Message Bible
I started to move on to the next story but felt to slow down and have a closer reflection on those simple three words - "They sailed on ..."
"They". This speaks to me of team, of community, of friendship, and of partnership. Life and ministry are not to be done alone but with other people. Jesus and others are in your boat.
"Sailed". There are two main ways to get across a lake - rowing or sailing. Rowing is through our own strength while sailing is a different approach altogether. It's about catching the wind. It requires dependence, proper positioning, sensitivity and discernment. We are to be Spirit-driven people.
"On". We haven't arrived yet. There is more to come - experiences, transformations, miracles and challenges. Although there are times when we need to pause, to rest and to reflect, God's purposes are about moving forward - not backward or staying where we are.
1. Take time today to encourage three people in your 'boat', expressing gratitude for what they mean to you.
2. Pray for an increase of the Holy Spirit's work and power (wind) in your life.
3. See yourself as moving forward together - with your family, your friends, your small group and your church community.
"They sailed on."