Monday, 25 March 2013

Just Keep Rowing...

I went to church for the first time in ages the other day and as I arrived I was already preparing myself to not enjoy it.  Its me, not the church, I promise!  Anyway, there was a guest speaker by the name of Grayson Jones, from the UK.

From the time he opened his mouth, until the time he sat down, he may as well have been talking to my husband and myself alone.  Okay, okay, others are going through tough things too!!!!  I had been going through a bit of a pity party where I reckon God hears, God knows, but God is busy elsewhere.  Ever felt like that?  Well, Grayson Jones pretty much sorted that wrong thinking out.

The service focused on the disciples being stuck in a storm just after feeding the 5000+ with 5 loaves and 2 fish.  They were fearful and wondered where Jesus was in all this.  (Mark 6 v 45-52)

Mr Jones made some very valuable points for me in his sermon:
  1. These men were in God's will, Jesus had told them to go to the other side.  
  2. They had done nothing wrong to be in the situation they were in.
  3. While in the middle of the storm they were using all their energy to keep going, to get to the other side, but they were getting nowhere fast
  4. Jesus saw them from the hill, He knew where they were and their situation.
  5. Jesus is in control, He came to them on the water and calmed the storm.
Now this was awesome and freeing for me.  Firstly, because immediately the thought that we were going through this horrible storm because of us, disappeared.  Secondly, they were in God's will.  This storm is right where God wanted us to be.  And thirdly and most importantly, God is in CONTROL no matter the weather!!!!

Mr Jones summarized it like this:
  1. Keep going - push through (God wants to cultivate our faith)
  2. Keep rowing - doing the daily normal stuff (reading the word, quiet times, praying, trusting, going to church)
  3. Keep knowing - Remind yourself that His word is Good and True and meant for you
  4. Keep growing - when we get through the storm, because we went through, we have grown and the rewards are out of this world!!!
See why its so important to go to church?  (she says to herself....)
Heb 10 v 25:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

God bless

Linking with these lovely ladies this week:

(You will find links to their bloghops HERE)




  1. So true Tracy; without the support of other believers, I am certainly more vulnerable to the stresses of life and the attacks of the enemy! Sounded like a wonderful church service, and I love your picture of the little church! :)

    Keep rowing and growing Tracy; you have been a blessed encouragement to us all!

  2. Thank you for the reminder, "God is in CONTROL no matter the weather!!!!" I visited from the Sharing His Beauty Link-up.

  3. This was a wonderful word of encouragement this morning, thank you so much for sharing, It was something that I really needed to be reminded of

  4. My "storm" has left me feeling alone the last few weeks. This post spoke straight to my heart!!! Thank you for sharing and reminding me I am not alone, my storm is for a purpose and HE is in control!!

    My love to you my dear friend!!!!

  5. Oh yes my friend! "Be still and KNOW that I am God"! He knew how our lives would play out before we were in our mother's womb AND He already had the plan laid out...Jeremiah 29:11. The only thing He requires is that we have the faith to walk it out! Thank God He always sends us a reminder of that very thing, to keep us on the path! Thanks so much for sharing my friend...have a blessed week!

  6. I just read through a few of your posts and Gods love is evident in them all, encouraging to me and they build excitement for the 'realness' of our God!

    Thank you in general for all you posts, including this one!
    I love it!

    Be blessed,
    Anon M

  7. I have had those moments when the word I heard just hit all the right spots when I least expected it.

  8. Oh, what a beautiful message! Yes, isn't it amazing how God reaches us with just the right words, at just the right time?! I loved what this preacher shared. Going to remember this...go, row, know, grow. And maybe to stop looking at the boat, and keep my eyes firmly fixed on The Captain of my soul!!


  9. I am grateful for the teaching at church from my Pastor and the elders etc. God is so faithful to reach out to us in our storms and remind us to have faith, keep trusting. He is faithful. Oh Tracy, I still catch myself doubting Him, and yet in His mercy He still reaches out to me. Very good word, my friend!

  10. Dear Tracy
    I am so sorry to hear you are going through a rough time. Yet, I know that when your storm has passed, your faith, trust and hope will be so much stronger! Over via Jen's. wish I could fly down to Cape Town to give you a big South African hug.
    Much love XX

  11. Sounds like a sermon many needed to hear that day. I usually find something from the sermons at "my church" that are informative, encouraging and welcomed. Thank you for sharing at "Tell Me a Story." My post today is for anyone who has ever been betrayed, stolen from or deceived. I hope my hubby has forgiven the Christian man, but it was difficult because it was Robert's sweat and strength that the man took.

  12. I absolutely needed to read this today!

  13. Thank you for this reminder. It is so hard to get past the thinking of it's something I did wrong, when many times we did nothing wrong and we're right where God wants us to be. I'm so thankful He never leaves us in these moments!


  14. Visiting from DYWW blog hop. I enjoyed your post. Apparently you were in the right place to hear what you needed to hear.

  15. Such encouragement you found -- I love this bible passage. It is so rich and filled with such comfort and intimacy. Praying for y'all, Tracy.

  16. AMEN!I like this post. Jesus is wherever we need HIM - even in the midst of our storm.



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