Our Stabilizer!

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.
– Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG)

For thousands of years, rolling and pitching due to rough seas plagued ships and the passengers onboard. Seasickness was a common symptom for travelers. Today, cruise ships are incredible. Royal Caribbean has a ship that can carry some 6,400 passengers. At 1,187 feet long, it is only 63 feet shorter than the Empire State Building. As large as a ship like this can be, it is still vulnerable to the natural conditions of wind, weather and seas. Yet, all modern cruise ships have these things called “stabilizers” onboard, which counteract the motion of the ship by changing the angles of underwater fins attached to the hull. I don’t understand it all, I just know that it makes people who are prone to seasickness much more comfortable.

For all, the storms of life come. The rains fall when a loved one gets sick. Winds blow when a friendship turns sour or we lose a job. The seas grow angry when an expectation we were counting on falls through. No one escapes life’s storms! But, when the storm rages in our lives and we are struggling to keep our balance, we have a “stabilizer” that counteracts the effects of the trial we are going through. As followers of Jesus, our stabilizer is called trust in God. As a ship’s stabilizer works to counteract motion (note that it doesn’t calm the sea!), trust in God works to calm our fears, even when the storms of life are at their strongest.

But, trust is active, not passive. Trust is not just a belief, but belief in action. Trust means that even though life doesn’t turn out the way we hope, we know that God loves us and is still with us. Trust means that even when we don’t see solutions to our problems, we are still confident that God keeps His promises.

Today, when a storm comes your way (might be a passing shower, might be a hurricane), I encourage you to choose to trust God. In trusting, God may not calm the storm, but I am confident that He will calm your heart.