Some friends and I intended to go fishing in the ocean. The ship was called the Princess out of Point Pleasant, NJ. It was a chilly January day but nothing like the January we are currently having. When we arrived at the dock we were informed that due to a Nor'easter out at sea the ship would be staying in the harbor that day.
We were happy to hear of a ship whose crew was crazy enough to go out in the storm anyway! (I can't remember the name of this boat but it might as well be called "insanity I")
A couple hours later we were still in calm seas but with our course eastward we eventually found the reason the other boat stayed put. The waves churned and one by one the hearty fisherman left my side for safer, dryer quarters. The waves began to crash around us. I can remember looking at eye level and some of the waves being above me! Surely the captain will turn around! My friend and I kept fishing and enjoying the absurdity of it all.
I don't share this story because it highlights good decision making. Quite the opposite. Enough storms blow our way that we never need to go looking for them. The decisions we make,however, can lead us to rough waters. When we choose to venture into the grey areas between right and wrong or blatantly choose sin we are lifting the anchor and need to be prepared for whatever the storm holds.
2 lessons: #1 don't go looking for trouble
#2 when in trouble call out to Jesus
"He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm."