Psalm 107 continued…

Some went out on the sea in ships;
they were merchants on the mighty waters.
They saw the works of the Lord,
his wonderful deeds in the deep.
For he spoke and stirred up a tempest
that lifted high the waves.
They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;
in their peril their courage melted away.
They reeled and staggered like drunkards;
they were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
Psalm 107:23-31

I’ve lived in the Midwest or Northeast most of my life and have discovered they both have something in common. They both have long, cold, snowy winters. Since I’ve been old enough to drive, I’ve operated motor vehicles on icy roads. Driving on a hockey rink isn’t very fun (unless you’re driving a Zamboni!) and on occasion the road has gotten the better of me. There is nothing like instantly losing control of your car as it spins and caroms off of safety rails and other cars before it comes to rest in a ditch. This is the idea behind Psalm 107:23-31. A boat is on the sea when an unexpected storm comes upon it. They sailors didn’t cause the storm and they weren’t intending to enter the storm but they had to deal with the storm just the same. Unfortunately, icy roads and unexpected storms pop up all the time. We live in a broken world so things break. Even if we didn’t break anything, we are often left to deal with the brokenness. Cancer, loss of income, drifting relationships are examples of how the brokenness of the world impacts us even if we are not at fault. Like the driver of a car on ice or the sailors in a storm, cry out to the Lord and He will hear you. He will not only calm your storm, He will lead you to safety as well.

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