Saturday, February 11, 2012

February 11, 2012   

Today's Photograph . . . . Even Winds And Sea Obey Him? (MQ)
Bible Study Verses
Matthew 8:23-27
And when He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but He was asleep. And they went and woke Him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." And He said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then He rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of Man is this, that even winds and sea obey Him?"  (ESV)

This brief story of Jesus calming the waters of the sea during a great storm reminds me of a time as a young boy of a similar experience. My father, an avid fisherman, and I were fishing for Northern Pike. It was summer time and the fishing was very good on Fletcher's Pond, located in northern Lower Michigan.

Suddenly a severe thunderstorm rolled in, lightning bolts were everywhere, and the increasing winds were causing our boat to rock on the waves. With the shore being too far away, we were forced to ride out the storm in our small metal row boat. I remember being scared to death!
(Michael T)

Action Point
Storms are a part of life. They are inevitable, and most of the time they sneak up on us.

It is encouraging to be reminded of the power of Jesus Christ. Not only does He have the power over creation, but He has the power over death!!!

If God is who we believe Him to be, then there should be no reason to doubt that He is present in all situations. He is in control and He will bring about a great calm in your life.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
As a child I used to believe that if I jumped in the air when lightning struck, somehow that would keep me safe. Obviously, that tactic is not recommended, but here is what you do in case of getting caught in a lightning storm. Avoid hills, tall trees, or other high protruding objects. Find the lowest spot possible and lie flat on your stomach. Place your hands over your head for extra protection, to protect yourself from falling debris.