Let’s cross to the other side
From the Word of God: “I have told you all of the above so that you may have peace in me. Here in the world you will have many trials and sorrows; but take courage, for I have overcome the world ”(John 16:33).
One day Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side of the lake” (Luke 8:22). The lake in this story is better known as the Sea of Galilee. It covers an area of 166 km 2 (64 square miles) and is the lowest freshwater lake in the world. Storms are common in this body of water due to the differences in temperature between the coast and the surrounding mountains.
So, on that particular day, Jesus and the disciples got into a boat to “cross over to the other side.” Jesus was tired and fell asleep. The storm broke out, the boat began to fill with water and the disciples, very frightened, woke Jesus up. The story tells that he “got up and rebuked the wind and the waves; the storm subsided and all was quiet ”(Luke 8:24).
And what does this story have to do with us? Well, maybe one of those moments in life has come when you have to “cross over to the other side”, we all get: a new job, either for pure pleasure or because there was no other option; the birth of a child and the change it brings; moving to a different country or city, etc. The fact is that you know that you have to cross to the other side but you did not count on the fact that the crossing involved one or more storms.
We don’t like storms. I have never been in a storm at sea. The closest thing was a trip on a boat that makes a short trip on the Niagara River and takes you very close to the waterfall in those impressive falls. As the boat gets closer to the falls the wind picks up, and it seems like you are in the middle of a storm, with water falling everywhere and a deafening noise. The show is beautiful, impressive and yes, it is also a little scary.
But the truth is that I don’t like storms either, neither the atmospheric ones nor those of everyday life. I think the same thing happens to all of us. We prefer calm. However, do you think Jesus didn’t know what was going to happen that night? Of course yes! He still knows what is going to happen in your life, and yet he tells you: “cross to the other side.”
Difficulties and challenges are part of life. They make us grow, they strengthen our faith, they remind us that we are small but our God is great.
Nowhere in the Bible does God tell us that there will be no storms, he does not promise us a trip with a sunny day and zero chances of rain. So, whether you’re sailing right now and the storm is shaking your boat, and the lake is so big that you can’t see the other shore, remember what God does promise you: go with you in the boat and accompany you so that you get to the other side, just as happened with the disciples that day.
(Originally posted on wendybello.com )