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Psalm 107.29-30 - He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.
Psalm 107:23-28 tells of a ferocious storm at sea. We hear too that the sailors’ doubts, fears and anxieties come to a head as the storm rages: they are dispirited, and their courage and hope leave them. But God reveals his power over all as He calms the storm and the waves in an amazing transformation and safely guides the sailors to their destination.
There are times when I find myself ‘at sea in a storm’ and my spirits low, sometimes through the actions of others. Perhaps somebody falsely accused me, undermined me and ridiculed me; perhaps they took something from me, insulted me or abused me in some way, or perhaps the real reason is long forgotten and I just cannot ‘let it go’.
As the Father quelled the tempestuous seas, His Son, through his death on the cross for the sins of man, quells our tempestuous hearts. I pray that through my faith in Christ and my love of God I can forgive those who have ‘wronged’ me. If ‘they’ continue to cause me heartache as they carry on doing the things that hurt me, I pray that I can keep forgiving them for as long as it takes.
If my pain is deep and my heart is hardened, I pray for a softening of my heart, and in time, that I can find it in my heart to forgive. I pray too for those that I have ‘wronged’ and that they can find it in their hearts to forgive me. It is through the act of forgiveness that Christ will guide us to our desired haven in Him.
Shell Beach, North Wales © Terry Richer