Weekend Thought: Battling through the storms of life

Halifax Minster
Halifax Minster

All of us from time to time have been caught in a storm. One of the worst situations is when you’re camping and your tent is about to blow away and you’re holding on to the tent ropes in the middle of the night.

Maybe you have been in a situation where the roof tiles have been blown off or you have been caught out at sea. In this Pennine area we often experience strong winds and gales and this is frightening to most people.

The early disciples were much the same. They became very concerned when Jesus appeared to sleep through a storm on the lake of Galilee. They feared for their lives but Jesus was able to calm the storm. The disciples asked ‘who is this that even the wind and waves obey him?’ Jesus brought the disciples through the storm just as he will bring us through the many storms that we experience in our lives.

Life is not always easy. We all experience difficulties from time to time. Sometimes these can be life changing. The good news is that Jesus is with us and he will carry us through. This doesn’t mean we won’t have problems, illness or even death but it does mean that as we trust him he will never leave us. He will always be walking by our side. We can have faith that he is there for us when we are in need. He is our rock.

It reminds me of the lovely hymn, ‘Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?’ The words then echo the reply, ‘We have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure while the billows roll; fastened to the rock which cannotmove, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love.’

Canon Stephen Bradberry