Don’t be afraid, look to the Lord

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS - ~ Con­trib­uted by Fr Line Abil­gos of St Michael’s Catholic Church, on be­half of the Com­bined Churches of De­niliquin.

“Je­sus got into a boat and his dis­ci­ples fol­lowed him. Sud­denly a vi­o­lent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was be­ing swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him say­ing ‘Lord, save us! We are per­ish­ing!’.

‘‘He said to them, ‘Why are you ter­ri­fied, O you of lit­tle faith?’.’’

While read­ing this text I re­mem­ber my own ex­pe­ri­ence one af­ter­noon, to­gether with some priests, when we went to an is­land in the Per­sian Gulf by a boat to have short break and re­lax­ation.

It was late in the af­ter­noon of the day when we came back to the main is­land when sud­denly a sand storm came. We were in the mid­dle of the sea when it hap­pened. It was to­tally dark and the main is­land was cov­ered with a thick sand storm.

We are all afraid that we would not get to the sea­port or some­thing may hap­pen to us in the mid­dle of the sea, but we were all pray­ing to the Lord that we may ar­rive safe and sound to our place.

With this ex­pe­ri­ence I un­der­stand the feel­ing of Je­sus’ dis­ci­ples when they were in the midst of storm ter­ri­fied and con­fused. Each of us has our own story of storm in life. Some of us are still in the mid­dle of the stormy life — ter­ri­fied, con­fused, feel­ing pow­er­less and don’t know where to start.

Oth­ers are still in the state of panic and in blam­ing sit­u­a­tion — what will hap­pen to me? Am I go­ing to die? Let us lis­ten to Je­sus. Close your eyes in si­lence and ask the Lord to come to help you.

I as­sure you He will come, maybe not in the way you want but in the ways of the Lord. Don’t lose your hope, don’t lose your faith. No storm stays in place for a life­time. It’s just pass­ing, maybe to teach us and help us be­come strong.

It will leave a mark in our life not to scare us but to re­mind us ev­ery now and then.

So be­lieve that God will al­ways make the sun shine in your life.

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