DO YOU KNOW HOW TIRED YOU WOULD BE IF YOU ROWED A BOAT FOR 3 to 4 MILES IN CHOPPY WATERS?  That was the dilemma in which Jesus’ followers found themselves. Oh how they were aching for the Prince of Peace! They were yearning, longing for His Presence- but when? When? Will He ever show up again?!  They were carrying around the beauty of His message in weakened bodies. You’ve been there. The hurts, the questions! Are you destined for a watery grave, an eternity of hopelessness? But by faith you didn’t give up. Like the Apostle Paul you kept looking into the darkness –

“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-17‬ 

Isn’t it amazing!  Jesus always shows up “when we have exhausted our hoarded resources.”

“When they had rowed the boat about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the water, coming toward the boat. The followers were afraid, but Jesus said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.””

‭‭John‬ ‭6:19-20‬ ‭(ncv)  

“‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,Whose mind is stayed on Thee.’

When the shadows come and darkness falls,

He giveth inward peace.

Oh, He is the only perfect Resting Place!

He giveth perfect peace.

‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on Thee.’”

(Vivian A. Kretz) 


One thought on “Row, Row Your Boat

  1. Marshall,

    I am so blessed to get this inspiration on early Monday morning! So how do we hoard emotional resources? Prayer? Bible study? They seem expendable and I have yet to figure out if it is possible to stock up on them. When we reach the end—is there a stock pile or does that only occur in the financial or material realm? Seems I need new strength daily if not hourly to weather storms of disappointment or sickness.

    I really am very blessed, but I mourn a great deal over the fact that my only child flounders in addiction and the scripture “There is a way that seemeth right unto a Man but the end thereof is death.” Seems like where my Son is at is right there in that verse.

    Bless you today and thank you for taking time to write words of truth and points to ponder. Prayers for your strength—-



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