Storms and Shipwrecks…


Storms & ShipwrecksWhen a storm is still brewing over the waters and, the sky sickens into an ominous gray-black and, one feels the electric charge in our very skin… one may wonder:

WILL WE SURVIVE THIS?

Can we make it through this storm? Whether it may last only for the night as a pocket of violent turbulence or, be more relentless, more exacting. Winds and waves that will not be calmed until they have their way within us.

Whether the storm has its origin in the wildness of nature or of created things… whether the storm originates within us… does not change its potential devastating power.

Storms will come and test us all and, it is possible one will come that will end in our failure before the wind and waves recede. We may lose our house, lose our job, lose our most defining relationship… and still not lose ourselves, not lose our souls, not lose our faith. We may be stripped down to nothing in such storms but not loose ourselves.

This because the Spirit in the wind whispers Jesus’ words expressed at the Last Supper:
I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail even when you do . . . that your faith may even grow stronger through your failure.

I wish we would never experience a shipwreck; be it cancer, or car accidents, or financial ruin, or the death of a loved one, but I can attest to a mysterious truth experienced by those of us who have survived our own shipwrecks that… on the other side of them, there is a stronger, deeper, richer, more integrated life.
That on the other side of the storm there is a capacity to love without doubt, to live without fear, to be something infinitely more powerful than the men we were before such happened.

I am unable to fully understand all of the elements of God; of divine will, of good and evil, of human free-will and responsibility. I can only align myself with the greater wisdom of the Teacher and say that even though we might fail, our faith does not have to.

I can only say that even if all else fails… with faith, we will not.

 

Excerpted and compiled from: “How to Survive a Shipwreck” by Jonathan Martin

Copyright, Joseph Pereira 2011-2020

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"There is nothing to be found in a beehive that is not submerged in a bee. Yet we may explore a bee forever and still never find a hive..." Kevin Kelly's - Out of Control

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