I have just returned from an inspiring, fun-filled weekend at the First Assembly Women's Ministry annual retreat on Sanibel Island. The theme for this year was "Winds and Waves."
Pastor Connie Weisel used the atmospheric conditions she encountered during many years of powerboating with her husband to illustrate the forces that we all battle emotionally and spiritually from day to day. She described being assaulted by violent winds and waves on stormy seas, the boat seemingly out of control. The disciples had a similar experience on the Sea of Galilee. But when they cried out to Jesus for help, just one command from him, "Peace! Be still!" calmed the rough seas and saved their lives. This same saving and delivering power averted more than one disaster for Pastor Connie and her husband as they faced the raging seas and called out to God in prayer. It is available to each of us if we will cry out to Him from the middle of our storm.
Laura Allen Nonemaker