Given the times we live in and the multitude of visuals constantly bombarding our minds, it’s no wonder that we have not totally lost our sanity. The global images have become difficult to grasp while the simple things continually escape our understanding. Yet in spite of it all, we are reminded in the book of Mark, about the keeper on board. A most familiar scripture to one, who is acquainted with the bible. Oh! you will not find the phrase “keeper” within the context of this particular scripture. But, rest assured that just as there is breath in your lungs, if you read with understanding and ask the giver of wisdom to open your spiritual eye, you will find the keeper in the word of God. However, the reality is that the possibility of something or someone not visible or tangible is available to us; is often unfathomable and thus, so easily escapes us. Yet whether on land, air or sea, Know that the keeper is always on board, and miraculously on our side.
By now, you may have figured out who is this “keeper”. JESUS is His name and you find this well documented story in chapter 4:35-41 of Mark in the KJV. We find the disciples on board a ship. The bible tells us that “there arose a great storm of wind” and of course, the first thing that creeps into the mind of the disciples is (unspoken) fear and doubt. The lessons learned long forgotten. The vast examples of healings, miracles and wonders now a foggy memory in the midst of the storm. “Master” they cry out, “carest thou not that we perish”, As they wake up the Keeper and Captain of their salvation. He rises as, done countless other times. But on this occasion, Jesus “rebukes the wind” “Peace be still He says to the seas”! The disciples are reminded yet again that there was never any reason to doubt, worry about or be fearful of. Does this sound familiar, oh but of course. How often haven’t we found ourselves adrift, life passing idly by, uncertain of our future, goals and visions deemed by the passing of time. Yet time and time again an unseen hand reaches out to remind us yet again that the keeper is on board.
Often times, life’s struggles become overbearing and we find ourselves unable to get a grip. Thinking on those things that where once a part of our vision and have deemed with the passing of time. We contemplate on what could have been yet now seems lost. We continue to swim up stream, like the Salmon, against the current to try and re-capture what we may have long ago perceive to have lost. Forgetting again and again that the keeper is there holding us securely in the palm of his hand. Oh but what impatient creatures we are. We drift in and out of our forever wondering imaginative mental state allowing fear, doubt and unbelief to over power our faith.
Jesus our keeper is on board. His faithfulness and tremendous love and mercy towards us is always prevailing as He gently brings us to His expected end for us. Yet how frequent are our debates, and trivial pursuits. How often we conjure up situations only to worry unnecessarily.
The Israelite’s were notorious for worrying. The bible tells us that they went around a mountain for forty years on a trip that should have taken nine to eleven days murmuring and complaining about their circumstances, simply because they kept forgetting that the Great I Am was on board that trip. Such are our own dilemma’s. We then begin the cycle of worrying about these things even though we have been advised or fore-warned countless times. Not to worry. Yet time and time again, we find ourselves as did the Israelites at the mountain or the disciples in the middle of a “great storm” forgetting that Jesus the keeper was on board.
You may be searching your mind right now. Possibly reciting the countless times you may have forgotten that you could have called on and counted on Jesus. You may even be thinking that these situations only happened to the disciples, or maybe even saying this is a 2000 year old story. No my friend, this type of thinking was not Germaine to the Israelites or the disciples, it is what many of us resort to in similar situations. We forget everything we ever knew even if for just a season.
Yet do you know what is the real dilemma that we often struggle with? Well to satisfy your curiosity, let me quickly lay your un-asked question to rest. The obvious answer is that we worry needlessly. For ultimately, it is out of our control and if you are still wondering what is the big deal, allow me to respond. While worrying is not a cardinal sin or even a sin for that matter, it signifies a lack of trust and faith in God.
Think about the above for a moment. Imagine yourself on the boat with the disciples. The waters are roaring, the ship is rocking, your radio went of the radar and you are a great distance from reaching your destination. You look out into the raging waters and all you see is darkness. Really is there anything you can do! I would say that all you have left to do is wait for the ship to go down or if you know God, I would say it is the perfect time to tap into your faith and trust in the Lord. Oh and yes, a great time to Pray.
The disciples on the other hand, had Jesus on board. One could say that they didn’t even need to have faith. Yet they forgot that Jesus their keeper was on board. It is an awesome comfort to know that in each and every situation we can count on God and know that He will not leave us nor forsake us.
That is the confidence that we have in god, that, if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. It was not God’s will for that ship to go down. In spite of the disciples forgetfulness, Jesus rose and calmed the wind and the storm was stilled. Let your faith rise in the knowledge of the one we serve and walk by faith and not by the storms that rise up around us. The great I Am and keeper in always on board. Let us pray!