Lord of the Wind and the Sea

Peggy Byland

Read: Matthew 8:23-27

Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (v. 26)

My dog Isa and I often walked to our favorite place in DeTour Village: the DeTour State Harbor. This harbor on the St. Marys River is a place of refuge for sailing and motor boats traveling the river and the Great Lakes. Known today as the “Gateway to the North Channel,” the straits at DeTour provide passage along the St. Marys River from Lake Huron north to the waters of Lake Superior. Schooners and yachts reserve a slip at the harbor marina, gas up, and enjoy the water near the village or en route to faraway places.

Harbors are protected places with breakers that block the wind and waves. Wind can be a sailor’s worst enemy. Tidy up, lash down, reef the sail, grab your PDF (personal flotation device), and hold on for the rockin’.

When the winds of life threaten to capsize your plans and intentions, where do you find refuge? In times of crisis, many go to the woods or the lake; others walk in a flower garden; some find refuge in music, art, or books; and parents and grandparents may find joy in their children’s achievements and antics. But as Christians, our greatest refuge is in the promises of God. To God belongs the kingdom, the power, and the glory. It is Jesus who calms the waves, and the Spirit who gives us hope. In God the storm is calmed. —Peggy Byland

As you pray, praise the Lord for his power to command the sea and send us his calm.