For some reason I was in the power seat up front, while my husband had taken charge of steering from the back. But what worked well in the calm was disaster in the storm. We needed power, and my arms were not up to the task. It was too rough to change places, even if we had been able to maneuver around the young child who sat between us.
Mark yelled. I shook. The child cried. I was certain we would die.
Thank God we did not die, we did not even capsize — although it did take a long time to get to shore with my ineffectual stabbing with the oars. From behind, Mark managed to steer us through the chaos.
I’ve thought of that often since, when I face challenges that are too great for me. Where am I sitting in the “boat” of life? Am I in the front, relying on my puny power? Am I sitting in back, steering the way I want to go? Or have I allowed the Lord to guide and the Holy Spirit to provide power? Am I sitting like a child in the bottom of the boat, relying on them to carry me?
“Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might,” St. Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:10.
The Bible is full of encouraging, empowering passages about the way God is strong on our behalf. This page from my journal shows some of the things I discovered one day as I meditated on some of my go-to verses on strength:
If you find yourself in need of God’s strength, take some time to meditate on those passages yourself, and see how he will speak to you and uphold you:
- Jeremiah 16:19
- Ephesians 6:10 (or 10:10-20 on putting on the armor of God)
- Psalm 59 (especially vss 9, 16-17)
- 1 Corinthians 10:13
- Philippians 4:13
This only cracks the surface of the helpful passages in the Bible. What are your favorites?
Blessings on you as you read his Word.
© 2017 Sarah Christmyer