I was reminded of Charles Albert Tindley’s 1905 hymn “Stand by Me” with this weeks reading specifically the refrain
“when the storms of life are raging stand by me”.
Many Christians lament when bad things happen to them.
“Why God, why me”
The inference is that somehow we do not deserve to have life happen to us, while it should happen to other people who deserve it.
Tindley has it right in my opinion. Life happens to us all, we are born through pain and we live our lives through the decisions humanity makes and we all die.
Our Lord commanded the water to come no further defining ocean and land, the water obeyed.
Our Lord whispered to the waves to be still and they did.
In each case the water remained present both life giving and dangerous at the same time. And obeying the voice of God. Just as all human being must live each day moving ever forward from birth to death – we all travel through the same water.
“When the storms of life are raging stand by me” always present, always patient always near our cry to our Lord should not be “Why me?” - it should be “Stand by me!”
I want my children and grandchildren to know the love of their God holding them up when the storms of life is upon them.
To know they are loved and not alone or abandoned by their God.