Have you experienced being in the middle of the ocean aboard a yacht or perhaps a Cruise ship? I did. I worked for more than 6 years as an Entertainment Staff to two of the well known companies in the Cruising industry. I've sailed in the vastness of the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans and visited many coastal cities all over the world. I remember how my mother felt when I told her of the new job I was going to embark on. After all, we heard of the dangers many ships encountered in the middle of the ocean. Come to think of it, what advantage does a luxury vessel (no matter how big it is) have in case of fire or a great storm at sea? Though I understood her fears (concerns), I told her not to worry for the Lord's with me and in Him, I was safe. I just knew that every opportunity that comes from the Lord carried His protection.
However, I was not prepared for the terrible storm that I encountered in the Pacific that followed us for three days on my first few months of cruising. When you see and hear the big waves pounding on the walls outside causing the ship to tilt dangerously from side to side and having to withstand the horrible feeling of motion sickness for three full days, it felt like hell at sea for me. I was thankful we didn't have any passengers to serve, entertain or care for otherwise, it would have been a disaster. The Chef served us wonderful meals each time, but most of us were feeling sick to our stomachs and couldn't eat. On the first night of the storm, I thought that staying in my cabin and getting some sleep would help. But no, a good sleep was impossible as I felt my body being rocked back and forth by the crazy movement of the ship. Most of the crew's cabins were on the lower deck so, the noise of the waves slamming on the walls outside the ship were so loud, they're like explosions! Things that coudn't be secured fell all over the floor which made our space really messy which somehow reflected the chaotic mess of the storm outside. Even for a moment, there was no place to escape the terrible physical, emotional, mental and spiritual challenge of those days. All I knew was that I had to endure that nasty storm through the faith and strength God has given me and things would be better.
The point I want to make here is this: In our lives, we will always encounter terrible storms (different kinds of problems, persecutions by family and friends among others) that causes the waves to push, pull or drown us of the hope we have in Christ. The noise/chaos it creates can be deafening and honestly, frightening too. Not knowing when it's going to stop could make us weary to the point of giving up. But Jesus showed us that He is mightier than the many noise of water and mightier than the waves of the sea. Let's go back to the experience of the disciples with Jesus in Mark 4:35-41..."That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves,“Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
When we repented of our sin and received Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior (Born-again, John 3:3), we invited the One who is mightier than the noise and waves of the sea to dwell inside of us. It is therefore not us but Christ in us that enables us to triumph over every storm we encounter in this life. I went through countless actual storms and endured motion sickness in all the years I worked in the Cruise Ship industry. I definitely credit God for the strong body as well as His protection from all kinds of dangers. But more importantly, I also survived the spiritual wave of trials aimed to weaken my faith from the moment I received Christ in my life to this day. I've got one mighty solution to all kinds of trials/storms---His name is JESUS! Do yourself a favor...Don't sail this ocean of life without Him!
For this Card, I used an image from Make It Crafty called "Tropical Beach" that I colored using my Prismacolor/Touch Five markers. The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card. I created the clouds using my own cloud template along with Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass and Broken China). Lastly, I stitched all over the card. I seldom create an honest to goodness one layer card. But this image is so pretty after the coloring and including the verse, I didn't think I needed to add more. I love the peace and quiet this card exudes. I felt like I'm there sitting on a beach chair under those coconut trees looking over the horizon, praying and appreciating what God created. I love it!
THE LORD ON HIGH ONE LAYER CARD
THE LORD ON HIGH ONE LAYER CARD CLOSE-UP
THE LORD ON HIGH ONE LAYER CARD INSIDE
THE LORD ON HIGH ONE LAYER CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX
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