A Prayer for Confident Hope in the Storms of Life
By Jessica Van Roekel
“Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.” - Hebrews 10:35, ESV.
Some movies have me sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time. I enjoy the typical movie arc of story setting, rising action, climax, and resolution. Hallmark movies are known for their typical storyline, and we can be guaranteed a happy ending. If only our lives were that simple. We can feel frozen in place, afraid of the future, and terrified of the present. There are days when it seems we’re in a storm at sea without any way to navigate our way out of it. Riding it out is the only way through. The Apostle Paul survived storms and shipwrecks and did not lose his way even though it took three ships to get him from Caesarea to Rome. In those days sailors used the stars for guidance, but on this journey by ship, a fierce storm blew up. The strong gale force winds forced them to use strong ropes to tie the ship together. Dark clouds covered the sun, moon, and stars for fourteen days. They threw away their cargo, which is like going to the bank to withdraw a large sum of money, ripping it up, and throwing it into the wind. The sailors did everything they could think of to survive but lost hope.
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