Who is in Your Boat?

imageI have been in a storm this past year. I have faced cancer, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and fear of the cancer returning. It has been scary at times. The storm I have been in has affected those I love…my family, my friends, my church members. They have experienced the storm along with me. The winds of fear and sickness have seemed overwhelming. At times it felt like my boat was going to capsize and I was going to drown.

What we go through affects those around us. The choices we make, the experiences we go through are all shared with others. When we go through a storm, those we love are in the boat with us and we are all afraid our boat is going to capsize. There were two men in the Bible who were in a boat when a major storm hit. Everyone thought they were going to die. They had lost all hope that they would be saved. One man’s name was Jonah. The other man was Paul.

Jonah was running from God. He was asleep in the bottom of the boat when the storm hit. All of his shipmates feared for their lives because of the raging, fierce storm. The captain of the ship said to Jonah, “How can you sleep at a time like this? Get up and pray to your god! Maybe he will pay attention to us and spare our lives.” Jonah knew that the storm was caused by his disobedience. He knew that he was the one who had endangered all of them. Jonah could have stopped the storm by repenting and doing what God told him to do.

Paul was also on a boat when a great storm arose. All of his shipmates thought they were going to die when Paul told them, “Take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down.” Unlike Jonah, Paul was following Jesus when the storm hit. Because of his obedience, all those in the boat with Paul were saved.

Our actions affect the people closest to us. Jonah wasn’t even aware that others were suffering because of the choices he had made. Paul’s shipmates were blessed because a godly man was in their boat.

How are your actions affecting those you love and work with? Are the people around you blessed and protected because of your life or are they suffering because of the choices you have made? Some of us are like Jonah, running from God. Some of us are like Jonah’s shipmates, suffering because of Jonah’s bad choices. If you are like Jonah, repent now, because God in his mercy will do whatever it takes to get you back on track. If you are Jonah’s shipmates, pray for Jonah that God in His mercy will turn him and help him do what’s right.

On the other hand, maybe you’re on a mission for God like Paul. You’ve done nothing to cause the storm and its origin is unknown. Don’t give up hope. Jesus was faithful to Paul and will be faithful to you! You can trust Him to guide you and those with you safely through the storm.


  1. Maria saenz says:

    Breast cancer- double mascetomy on October 8th

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