The captain of a ship at sea was thrown and tossed by the waves rolling in the heat of a raging storm. In the darkness of the night, he only caught glimpses of the surrounding storm as the lightning flashed a crossed the cloud-laden sky. Despair and dread shook him to his core just as the water and bitter wilds chilled him to his bones. His hands raw and splintered from clinging to the deck rail burned as the salt water wash over them as each wave crashed relentlessly over him. The mast was cracked and the mainsail torn from the intensity of the storm. He looked the helm and saw it turn by the direction of the unpredictable whims of the wind, and his hands longed to reclaim their place of authority.
In a moment the lightning flashed and crashed into the mast breaking it in two, and as if directed by the devil’s hands came falling toward the terrified captain. The words came unbidden and fervently from his lips “JESUS, SAVE ME!” and in that instant, Jesus was there. By His awesome power, He stopped the mast mid-fall and He redirected it to mend where it had broken; all the while never taking His fathomless eyes off the captain. The captain watched in amazement as mainsail was sewn together by unseen hands and embroidered with the bright red thread the letters forming the word “Love”. Jesus pulled the captain close into His chest and revived his heart and spirit as He sheltered him from every element of the storm. Then step by painful step Jesus led the shaky-legged captain to the place ordained for him only to stand. His hands covered and empowered by Jesus’s were placed firmly back onto the helm. The captain’s heart burst into celebration and praise as he felt the holy and undeniable presences of the victorious King standing strong at his back. The storm still raged around him but Jesus hands placed over his gently guided him in the way that he should go gave him confidence that he would make it through. It was as though there was no storm at all because of the ease in which He guided him through the storm. Peace now washed over him in place of the harsh waves. He heard in his heart Jesus speak to him “I am always with you, trust in me.”
Once again, the lighting lit up the sky and the captain could see that a massive wave was heading straight for them. He quickly grasped the helm tighter and jerked it to the right to avoid the oncoming torrent but Jesus stilled him and spoke the same words as before “I am always with you, trust in me.” The captain tried to explain that a wave was about to crash over them but Jesus response was unchanging. The captain had to decide in that second if he would trust the guiding hands of Jesus and he did. Adrenaline coursed through his veins as the lightning flashed across the sky over and over as if to make sure he would see every minute of the oncoming horror. His eyes bulged wide as the moment of impact came upon them. He pushed hard into Jesus who remained steadfastly at his back and with His hands still covering the captains guided him right into the enormous wave. They traveled right through the wave and to the captain’s great surprise it was as if they were still above the water. He could breathe, and see that water all around him but he did not get wet or cold. When they had completely gone through the wave the captain looked back to Jesus in total awe and Jesus just smiled back at him and said yet again “I am always with you, trust in me,” but this time it resonated to a deeper place within the captain’s heart and spirit.
A new wave approached but this time they were at its back and it was building higher and higher. The experienced captain knew that they had to steer the ship away from the wave they were getting caught up into before it was too late but again Jesus held His hands tightly over the captains and asked him to trust him. With less hesitation but still some the captain allowed Jesus to lead them up to the height of the swelling wave. The energy that built between Jesus, the captain and the storm was electrifying and at the top of the wave Jesus began to laugh aloud bellowing laugh and the captain thought for sure He was trusting a mad man but as they began to ride the rushing wave down the captain couldn’t help but begin to laugh with Jesus. He couldn’t stop laughing because here he was in the middle of a storm riding and going through waves like it was the best day of his life, and the most beautiful thing was that it was… it was the best day of his life. Laughing with Jesus in the middle of the storm. He had taken him from hanging onto the rails for dear life and now he was soaring in the wind and laughing on the waves. What a glorious Savior, what wondrous King.
- He brought me to the banqueting house, and His banner over me was love
Song of Solomon 2:4
- Of Benjamin he said: The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him, who shelters him all the day long: and he shall dwell between His shoulders.
- He Calms the storm, so that its waves are still
- He stirs up the sea with His power, And by His understanding He breaks up the storm.
- You shall laugh at destruction and famine, and you shall not be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
- Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Hello, my name is Rachel Hess and this is how God talks to me. He shows and tells me stories. This particular story He gave me while running on a treadmill at the YMCA! I had just started working out after being a year or so postpartum with my second son. EVERYTHING in my life felt out of control. I was the captain clinging to the rails of the ship… the ship representing my life. I was looking to the helm which was being driven by the daily changing circumstances of my like (the wind). I wanted so badly to regain control of my life but just could not do it on my own. BUT God came the second I cried out to him. Getting a membership at the YMCA was one of the painful steps that God had me take to get me back to the place of steering the ship (living intentionally). As I ran on the treadmill that day, I felt the Lord reestablishing my hands at the helm and I began to cry and laugh with an indescribable graduated. The storms still come and I still have to be reminded that He is always with me and to trust Him but each time He takes me over or through a wave, it is established deeper and deeper within my heart, soul, and spirit that I can truly and in complete abandon trust in Him.
I hope that this story has connected with you in one way or another but more than anything I hope that you know and believe that Jesus is always with you and His banner over you is love! Cry out to Him today and He will meet you right where you are at.
A Daughter and Lover of the King, Rachel Hess.