“Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” Luke 8:25b
Along with cooler temperatures, fall weather often brings with it plenty of wind and rain. While this season is one of my favorite times of year, there are times when I wish I had the ability to alter the weather. But, alas, that is one of many things well beyond my control. For Jesus Christ, calming a storm while at sea was a simple matter of scolding the weather and the storm ceased and the sea calmed! I don’t know about you, but the fact that I have my faith in The Creator with that kind of power is very comforting. With the turbulent state of affairs in the world today, knowing that He is in control is very reassuring. It isn’t that I simply ignore what is happening around me, but I acknowledge that when things get to a certain point, He will step in and make His will happen. In the meanwhile, I can impact the people and circumstances I interact with, as He directs my path. But mostly, I pray that more will make the decision to be followers of Christ.
Speaking of calm seas, earlier this month I took a short cruise from Long Beach, CA to Ensenada, Mexico. The ocean was pretty calm during most of the trip, making the passage very pleasant. While I am glad I had the opportunity to be on the cruise, I learned that this is something I don’t need to do again anytime soon. While the Carnival Paradise is a very large vessel, I found it to be very confining by the end of the second day on board. Perhaps if I was the kind of person that would have been entertained by the bars, dance floors or casino, I would have enjoyed the experience more. However, none of those venues hold much appeal for me. On the positive side, I did enjoy being out in the sea air, and found solace in sitting outside on the upper decks in the evenings (while everyone else was enjoying the more social aspects of the voyage) very peaceful and relaxing. There were a limited number of photo opportunities that I was able to take advantage of throughout the journey. Click on the pictures below to see them in a larger format.
- The Dynamics of Faith and Receiving from God (pjcockrell.wordpress.com)
- The Perfect Christian (5ptsalt.com)