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Serving with Jesus may be Dangerous

One of the most unlikely songs to capture the popular imagination was Gordon Lightfoot’s sad ballad, “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” in 1976.

Still the largest vessel to sink on the Great Lakes, the Edmund Fitzgerald was broken in two by forty foot waves in cold November of 1975. The Captain’s last message was, “We are holding our own.” Minutes later her crew of 29 lay buried under 530 feet of Lake Superior.

Two lines from the song express the helplessness of people who know they are about to go down with the ship.

Does any one know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?

Storms do that. When nature gathers in hostile strength a very real human response is to question the care of the Creator. A storm. A disease. A wayward child. Dementia. The soul-sapping crucible of an addiction. The awful rupture of a friendship.

Does any one know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?

Much is (rightly) made of how Jesus could sleep through the storm. His sleep bears witness to His humanity: He knew what it was to be wearied. This is true. By the time of the storm on the Sea of Galilee Jesus had worked Himself to the point of exhaustion. He fell asleep quickly and was able to sleep soundly. (That kind of sleep is a gift from God, by the way. c.f., Eccl. 5.12)

The storm did not wake Jesus. The disciples woke Jesus.

Do not let that slip from your awareness. What the hounding, pounding, sounding Sea could not do, the disciples did with a fervent touch. “We’re taking in water. We’re going down. We need you. We’re afraid.”

Does any one know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?

The love of God goes to the heart of the one who fears. On this occasion, Jesus calmed the storm. On others, the storm may continue to rage but the heart can still be calmed. Never fear to cry out to Jesus when the storm comes.

Have faith, you will be heard.

 

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