“We’re all in the same boat.” Some say the origin of that phrase can be traced back to the sinking of the Titanic. When the RMS Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, it made no distinction of persons. People from all walks of life and levels of society found themselves in the same situation.
They were all in the same boat.
I thought about that phrase this morning as I heard a friend preach about Jesus calming the storm. If you remember, he and his disciples had boarded a small boat to head to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is basically a glorified lake. To sail to the other side wasn’t even a three hour tour.
But just like with Gilligan and the Skipper, the weather started getting rough. Due to its unique location, the Sea of Galilee is prone to sudden, hurricane-like storms.
The tiny ship was tossed. It began to take on water. Though they were experienced fishermen, the disciples were far from a fearless crew. They were terrified. They thought they were going to die.
And where was Jesus as the storm raged and the waves walloped the despairing disciples? He was fast asleep at the stern of the boat.
The disciples shook him as water sprayed in their faces.
“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
“Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly – not to the disciples, but to the storm.
Silence. No more wind. No more waves. No more storm.
“Who is this?” the soaked disciples asked as they shivered in the cool night air. “Even the wind and the waves obey him” (Mark 4:35-41).
The disciples forgot who was in the boat with them. Sometimes we do as well.
When the storms rage, when chemotherapy ravages your body, when your marriage crumbles, when the world seems to be falling apart around you, remember who is in the boat with you.
Jesus is God himself. He is the one who can walk on water, heal the sick and raise the dead. Even the wind and the waves obey him. He can and will help you in any and every trouble.
He will help you because he cares for you. In fact, he cares for you so much, he came to this world to be one of us. He got into the boat with us. Because of our sins, our ship was sinking faster than the Titanic, and yet Jesus came. He rescued us by sacrificing himself, by suffering our punishment, by dying our death.
The God who rules over the wind and the waves – the God who literally loves you to death – that God is with you in the boat in the middle of the storm.
I know. Sometimes it seems like God isn’t there. Sometimes it seems like he is taking a nap. Sometimes it seems like he doesn’t care.
Yet, he will rescue you. He will save you from every storm and struggle … in his own time and his own way. He may test you like he did with his disciples. You may have to wait for a while. You may have to feel the wind and waves beating against your face for a time. You may feel at times like the boat is sinking and all is lost, but don’t be afraid. Don’t ever give up.
Remember who’s in the boat with you.