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"Bring Your Pillow"

"A song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"

Psalms 133:1

The end result of anything is nothing more than the sum total of all its parts mathematicians tell us, and true or not, I have come to appreciate in my own walk, the journey every bit as much as the destination. Actually, I have come to appreciate the journey even more these last few years believing that, "If the destination is secure, why not enjoy the ride?" Take the story Jesus tells in Mark chapter 4 where He says to His disciples, "Let us cross over to the other side of the lake" and then once on board and sailing along, Jesus retreats with His pillow to the hull of the boat to sleep and then mid way across the lake, suddenly and without warning a storm ensues and the disciples come and wake Jesus fearing that they are all going to die. They even go as far as to ask Jesus if He even cares about them thinking they are about to die in this storm that they are experiencing because He invited them into the boat.

Obviously, the disciples at this point in their relationship with Jesus had no idea that the answer to their question is an absolute, "Yes". Jesus does in fact care very much about them and us and so much so that He will die on Calvary's Cross so that all His disciples can and will live. Mark's Gospel goes on to say, "Then He (Jesus) arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea saying, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?"

I love that story because it says Jesus got into the boat with the disciples and said, "Let us cross over". The words, "Let us" means, everyone in the boat with Jesus was going over to make it to the other side of the lake, period. What the bible doesn't say is, and this is just as important, (Repeat: the bible doesn't say), "Let us cross over to the other side of the lake, IF". Jesus doesn't say, "Let us cross over to the other side IF the winds don't blow and the waves of the sea don't get too big" as if to say, "we'll all make it IF the circumstances of our lives are favorable".

No, loved one, Jesus makes a promise to the disciples that each and everyone who are with Him in the boat are going to make it all the way to the other side, regardless of the circumstances that may or may not arise. I like to call this the Good News of the Gospel because that is exactly what it is. Jesus has promised His disciples that if we will stay with Him, if we will abide in Him we will make it to our eternal destination. There must be a warning here too that reminds us that if we choose to go our own way we will surely perish. Take your own chances and I promise you that the waves of this life will consume and crush you and the winds of change will lead you far from your hearts desire. Don't shipwreck your faith or life trying to make it on your own. Remember, "It's not if but when" the storms of this life hit as none of our lives are completely free of pain of suffering, trials and tribulations.

The beauty of community of being in the boat together provides for us a peace that is beyond comprehension because the peace we experience isn't circumstantial, its personal, as the bible declares, He is our peace. The peace of God only comes to us through Jesus, the Prince of Peace and by the power of His Holy Spirit. The peace of God is with us in the midst of life's storms and its important to note, God doesn't always, actually or even hardly at all keep us from the storms of life, beloved of God, but He does promise us two things. First, as Mark's gospel testifies that if we stay with Jesus we will make it through the storms that come our way. 

Secondly, Jesus promises us a place in the boat with Him, not the other way around. Jesus isn't asking us to plan our own journey in life and then say to Jesus as it were, "Hey God, want to get on board with my plans, you can be my copilot in my boat." No, beloved of God, God has a plan and purpose and the invitation to you and me is to throw down our own nets and get in Jesus boat and follow Him. That is, if you want true peace, that is if you really want to make it all the way over to the other side, and in this case, "the other side" is into the very presence of God in heaven. No one makes it to heaven in their own boat you could say. We are saved by God's grace through faith, a faith so great that we can trust Jesus in the midst of our storms and know whatever He promises us, He will do.

Today, loved one, the invitation of God using boat terms here is, "to not row it alone". Before you take a step outside the door today don't invite Jesus into your boat but rather get into His boat. Ask the Lord to lead and guide your steps today, (if you want peace) and accept the Lord's invitation to get into His boat, to become part of His plan for this day and for your life. Yes, storms will come, (but they will pass too) and situations will arise that will seek to sink your boat, but if you are on board with the plans and the purposes of God, you might as well just grab your own pillow and snuggle up next to Jesus and enjoy the journey because no wind, no tempest sea will keep you from reaching your destiny today because though I love how Psalm 133 begins, I love how the psalm ends even more when it speaks of the blessing of being on board with Jesus and where it leads us, to life forevermore,

"It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing-- Life forevermore."

Psalms 133:3


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