Originally posted on Facebook January 5, 2021
The Fear of Loss
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.” Mark 8:35
“Lose” from the Greek word “Apollymi” means “to destroy fully.” It is translated “perish” in our passage for today.
“And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.” Matthew 8:25
It was a small cruise ship. It was day 4 of our honeymoon away from our 7 children and the chilling temperatures of the Chicagoland area in February 1998.
The waves were NOT small that day and the water was NOT calm. Most of the passengers were a pale green. ALL of the sickness bags were gone. I had resorted to holding my head overboard. I’ll leave you to imagine the rest If you so choose to imagine it for yourself.
Someone had kindly told my husband that if we could find a place to lie down I would feel better. Since it was just a day cruise from Florida to the Bahamas we had no cabin. Dan found a dimly lit, air-conditioned, carpeted room and we laid down for the remainder of our first cruise.
We had a wonderful time in the Bahamas but looming over me was the fear of having to take the ship back. I purchased every motion sickness remedy I could find. Fear is funny that way.
I’m not sure if Jesus experienced motion sicknes or not, but we do find Him lying down and resting during the storm. Maybe the disciples should have followed His lead. After all they had followed Him into the boat.
Needless to say on our way back to the mainland Dan found some lounge chairs in the shade on the deck. The waters were calm. We laid down the whole way back to Florida. Oh, and we have not been on an ocean cruise since. Fear is funny that way.
The fear of loss can be greater than the loss itself. Jesus gives the remedy!! 👇🏻👇🏻 Faith over fear.
“And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.” Matthew 8:36
** Photo of a card I made for Dan for our 14th Anniversary. The picture is from our honeymoon. We will celebrate 23 wonderful years this coming February! ❤️ bride