I was sitting on the beach watching the waves violently crash against the shore. The blue tranquil appearance of yesterday was but a peaceful memory. Today gray swells of varying degrees broke down, curling white, then collapsing in a rumble of turbulent foam. There was a storm approaching us from the sea, and it was as if it was reaching out to prepare us for its power, but still yet on the horizon. My head phones were lauding me with gentle tones, calling me to a spirit of calm, contradicting what my eyes could see and ears still heard…the impact of each wave. Even so the mantra, “Be still my soul” was providing me with peace
It made me think of St Peter on the boat, when Jesus came to him on the water. When Peter went, and noticed the rough water, he began to sink.
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
Jesus is certainly capable of calming the seas, whether a body of water, or life’s circumstances. When we see God’s will for us, and the water is turbulent, it can get scary. Even when I ask Jesus to call me, to His will on the water, I can lose faith, when the water gets choppy. I think today, I just need to challenge myself to call out to Jesus, when I begin to falter, so He can calm the seas.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Be still my soul….in Your will Lord…be still my soul