As we started out in this New Year we knew it is not going to be a plain sailing. We, together with the rest of the world, already were in a difficult and complex situation. Still, with hope we got into the metaphorical ‘boat’ to take us to the other side. Various vaccines were tested and rolled out, which gave us encouragement and hope that COVID will be over. But now we find ourselves in a second lockdown, and the journey through 2021 does not seem to be so certain, the other side seems to be out of sight.

Matthew 8:23-27 tells the story of a crossing over the Sea of Galilee. Jesus was asleep at the back of the boat. Unexpectedly a furious storm broke out and threatened their safety. The disciples, some of them fishermen, woke Jesus, saying: “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25).

Our life is similar to that boat journey crossing over to the other side. We start out in a boat shaped crib and arrive in a boat shaped coffin, and on the way we are tested by numerous storms.

We must be careful and know that the elements are stronger than we are. Our knowledge, science and technology, amazing as they might be, are unable to answer all the questions, solve all the problems, or save us in every storm.

We can be saved only by a Saviour who is with us in our boat! We will still get into storms and danger but we have someone to whom we can turn: “Lord, save us!” Jesus alone has power over every kind of hostile and adverse power. He does not save us from storms, but keeps us safe in every storm, making sure we will reach the other side.

Make sure Jesus is with you in your life (‘boat’) as you sail through 2021.