July 11, 2018

Good Morning Trinity,

I hope you all are having a wonderful week. Do your neighbors know where you rush off to every Sunday morning? Do they know how exciting it is to be here at Trinity? You have told them haven’t you? You wouldn’t keep us a secret from your friends would you? Here is your scripture for the week. Oh, by the way, if you want your neighbors or friends to get these devotions and announcements every week just let me know their name and email address and I’ll add them to the list.

Mark 4: 35 – 41

Have you ever had a nightmare as a child? This wasn’t something that I experienced often as a child but I do remember having a nightmare or two. And as scary as they could be I remember that when I woke there was security down the hall from my room. Mom and Dad were in the next room and after a bad dream there was no better or safer place to be than climbing into their bed.

One of the characteristics of the Sea of Galilee is that the winds coming off the hills around it can kick up a wind storm in no time at all. The disciples, most of whom were sea worthy fishermen were used to the conditions the sea could bring. So this must have been quite a storm to worry these experienced men. How rough did it have to get for them to look elsewhere for the answers to their troubles.

Do you have a nightmare going on in your life or do you feel like your life is full of one storm after another? How long will you hold on before looking for the help you need? Is there a point where your abilities and experience make asking the Lord for help unnecessary? Don’t worry Lord I got this. Do you wait until life is out of control and your boat is taking on water before asking Him for help? Why?

In Matthew 28: 20 Jesus says “I am with you always.” Jesus means exactly what He is saying. In other words there isn’t a nightmare nor a storm you can go through alone unless that’s what you want to do. You can ignore Him, push Him to the side, or step in front of Him if that’s what you so desire. But why? You have free will, He won’t force His way into your business, but why would you want it that way?

When we as Christians speak of our faith in Jesus Christ, we speak of a relationship that covers every aspect of our lives. Not one of convenience, but one that is eternal. One you can be sure of regardless of the circumstances in your life.

God Bless,

Pastor Dave