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Here is the Daily Dose for Friday, March 13, 2020.
Do not let your heart be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1
You Gotta Believe
I love going on boats. Big boats. Small boats. Rowboats. Cruise ships. It doesn’t matter to me. I just love being out on the water. Many people find that to be interesting because I am a native New Yorker and boats are not a big thing in the city. I owe my love of boats to my dad who served proudly in the United States Navy. Dad was a technician on an aircraft carrier and told me the best stories of being out to sea. He would tell me about what it was like to be in the middle of the ocean on a clear night and to see nothing but stars and the moon reflecting off still waters. While that sounded serene and peaceful, my dad also told me stories about being in a storm at sea. It was not the peaceful evening that made me fall in love with boats but the storms.
One of my favorite sea storm stories my dad told me is about a storm that his ship experienced in the southern Atlantic Ocean. They were miles from any harbor when a squall popped up out of nowhere. They were facing fifteen-foot waves, high winds and rain. Water was crashing onto the deck, crewmembers had to hold on to rails as the ship was being tossed back and forth, and up and down. It sounded terrifying to me. So I asked my dad was he afraid in the storm. His response to me, “Not at all. We believed in the ship. As long as the water as on the outside of the ship we were going to be fine. Ships only sink when the water gets inside.”
Friends, there are going to be times in life when everything will be sunny and bright and there will also be times when we will face storms. When you face a storm in life don’t let the storm inside of you. A troubled heart will terrify you and have you making decisions based on fear and not on faith. An untroubled heart will keep you calm and centered no matter what is going on around you. So in your storm, don’t let the water in. Keep believing in God knowing that what is happening on the outside will pass, because you believe in a God that is covering you no matter what. You will survive the storm as long as you keep the water out and keep believing in your God.