During my vacation this year, I had the good fortune of being able to spend a week at my grandmother’s cabin at Donner Lake. And this year, my aunt had left a kayak for us to use. The previous night I had tried it out and taken my sons on a short loop in the lake. It was a lot of fun.
My Dad suggested taking a trip to the channel at the end of the lake – maybe a mile. There’s a state park there and we could row into it. That sounded like fun so after dinner one night, we went out. We started out playfully, following the shoreline around to the channel, but it took longer than I expected, and night was falling. Stubborn Determined person that I am, I decided to go all the way anyway. So we went all the way.
By the time I started back, the sun was behind the mountains and a wind had come up. I didn’t want to be out on the lake at night without a light – invisible to the motor boats on the lake so I had to get back. I decided it would be faster to head straight across the width of the lake rather than follow the shore, and I began to row as fast as I could.
In the middle of the lake, the waves were significantly bigger, and for a moment, I was concerned that my foolish plan had endangered my boys. But they were never worried because Daddy was in the boat with them. Fortunately, we made it back to the dock in plenty of time and without any incidents.
I found myself thinking about Jesus’ disciples going for a similar boat ride with him (See Mark 8:23-27.) A storm came up and the disciples got scared. I think I would have also. Jesus was sleeping, not rowing. But I believe that the point of the story was that if Jesus is in the boat with you, you don’t have to be afraid, as my sons were unafraid to be in the boat with me. The good news is that the one in the boat with us isn’t just a decent kayaker, he’s the one who has the power to calm the seas!