When faced with rough waters and stormy winds we ask:

Will I make it? Will God carry me through the storm? Is God enough?

A 4th century martyr, Severus of Thrace, wrote:

“To all who are tossed by the waves, Lord, you are the calm of the harbor; you are the hope of the hopeful.”

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Since we work together with him, we are also begging you not to receive the grace of God in vain. He says, I listened to you at the right time, and I helped you on the day of salvation. Look, now is the right time! Look, now is the day of salvation!

2 Corinthians 6:1-2

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Leo Tolstoy was a masterful author and person of faith who once suggested that one of the most important questions in life is “When is the right time for every action?” We can spend a lifetime trying to figure out how to answer that question. That’s usually how the important questions work.

Another masterful author and person of faith, working under the nickname “The Preacher,” wrote that “if you keep watching the wind blow, you’ll never plant, and if you keep watching the clouds, you’ll never harvest” (Ecclesiastes 11:4, my paraphrase). The Preacher is saying that, if you keep waiting for the absolute perfect conditions to start something, you’ll never get anywhere.

Today’s passage fits nicely into a three-way conversation with Tolstoy and the Preacher. “God gives you grace,” the author of 2 Corinthians is saying, “and that grace is enough. So get moving!“ You have all you need to take the first steps and walk with Jesus.

Justin Joplin

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Lord, what am I waiting for? What am I afraid of? Remind me that your grace is enough for my next steps. Amen.

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As you go, carry this conviction deep in your heart: Through calm and chaos, God’s faithful love is enough to sustain you.

Justin Joplin

Justin Joplin serves as pastor of Lorne Park Baptist Church in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Originally from western North Carolina, Justin and his wife Kristy enjoy living as immigrants in an area renowned for its diversity and inclusivity. Justin and Kristy have two sons, J.R. and Reuben.

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