By Sharon Jaynes
She was among an eager group of
four-year-old children crowded around my feet as I taught their
Sunday school lesson. I was the teacher and they were the students –
or at least that’s how it started out. The pint-sized audience
listened intently as I tried to create a mental image of Jesus and
His disciples trapped in a thunderstorm on the Sea of Galilee.
“The winds bleeeeeeew and rocked the little boat back and forth,
back and forth. The waves were soooooo big; they splashed over the
wooden sides and got the men all wet. Then water started filling up
the boat - and do you know what happens when a boat gets full of
“It sinks,” they chimed together.
“That’s right.” I continued with a wrinkled brow and concerned look
on my face. “That’s not all. The lightening was sooooo bright, it
looked like fire in the sky. And the claps of thunder were sooooo
loud, they could feel them vibrate in their chests.”
After painting this picture of impending doom and thinking I would
have my “congregation” just a little worried about the fate of these
men trapped in a storm, I asked the question. “Now if you were in a
tiny boat like this, caught in a terrible storm like this, would you
Then one precious little girl, confident and unshaken by the entire
scenario, shrugged her shoulders and replied, “Not if Jesus was in
the boat with me.”
I will never forget that answer. As her words have echoed in my
mind, I’ve come to realize that this is the answer that calms all my
worries and fears. Just as the disciples had the storm raging all
around them, many times the storms of life rage around me. A friend
discovers she has cancer, a husband loses his job, a child is born
with birth defects. These are storms with waves of emotions so high
that our lifeboat fills with tears and appears that it could sink at
any moment. Waves of fear that rock our boat and threaten to spill
us into the depths of despair without even a life jacket to keep us
afloat. Storms that cause us to doubt who we are, what we have, and
where we are as a child of God. Waves of emotions that rock our
“Tell me, would you be afraid?”
“Not if Jesus was in the boat with me.”
And guess what. He is. Although the pain may be great, I don’t need
to be afraid that the storms of life will destroy me, because He’s
in the boat with me and that gives me great peace.
After the children filed out and were off to Sunday lunches
throughout the city, I sat in the room to digest the words of the
real teacher that day. It was childlike faith in its purest form.
The little girl believed God.
My prayer for today: Dear Lord, help me to have the faith of a child
today. In the areas where my faith is weak, make me strong. In the
areas where my faith is strong, make me stronger. I give all my
worries and cares to You, knowing that You will never leave or
forsake me, and that You care about the intricacies of my daily
life. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Application Steps: On a piece of paper, write down something that
you are presently worried about. Place that slip of paper into an
envelope, seal it, and write God’s name on the outside of the
envelope. As you seal that envelope, consider that burden “mailed”
List one thing that you are more
concerned about that your heavenly Father?
List one thing that you have more
power to “fix” than your heavenly Father?
List one thing in the past that
you can go back and change.
List one way that you can control
Now, these have been trick
questions! What can you surmise from your answers?
God said His name is “I AM.” He is
everything we need.
“There is no fear in love” (1John
“Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which
transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your
minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6,7)
“Those who know your name will
trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek
you” (Psalm 9:10).
“But I trust in your unfailing
love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the
LORD, for he has been good to me” (Psalm 13: 5,6)
“Trust in the LORD with all your
heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways
acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs
week's devotion was taken from:
Ultimate Makeover: Becoming Spiritually Beautiful in Christ
by Sharon Jaynes. All Scriptural references are NIV unless otherwise
Jaynes is an international conference speaker and author of ten
books including Being a Great Mom-Raising Great Kids,
Becoming the Woman of His Dreams, and Becoming a Woman Who
Listens to God. For information about Sharon's books or speaking
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