Trusting in God...
"So they left the crowd; the disciples got into the boat in which Jesus was already sitting, and they took him with them. Other boats were there too. Suddenly a strong wind blew up, and the waves began to spill over into the boat, so that it was about to fill with water. Jesus was in the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The disciples woke him up and said, "Teacher, don't you care that we are about to die?"
I believe the foregoing excerpt from Mark chapter 4, provides a good picture of where the Church finds itself today.
I have been involved in shipwrecks twice. Both times in the dead of night.
Once in my own motor cruiser off Tweed Heads when a cyclone washed my vessel and crew up onto the beach...
...and a second time here in the Whitsunday's when a mate and I went aground in his yacht on the reef off South Molle island...
Therefore I am well aware of the emotions that take over when your vessel is in danger.
In the Church today we have those who want to turn back to the shore, even when the wind is coming from that direction and it would be impossible to make any headway.
Then we have those who would like to just run before the wind which would be easier going but with an uncertain destination.
Others want to head towards the lea of an island they can see but there could be hidden dangers there.
But most have donned lifevests and intend to jump overboard and go it alone.
I see the situation in the today's Church as being very similar to my shipwreck experiences. In the long run the forces being faced are too overwhelming and eventually we can only trust in God.
What are your thoughts on this commentary?