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Still In Troubled Waters

The time is 12:44 pm CST on Monday, September 5, 2011. Location: Somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico.

I’m sitting here in my cabin, with two other girlfriends, looking out at 50 foot waves crashing against our cruise ship. At this point we are 4 hours and 45 minutes late to our destination. Let me set the scene for you. I am stuck in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico on my return from a Girl’s Getaway to Mexico. Tropical Storm “Lee” is stirring in the Gulf and the waters are beyond turbulent.  My girlfriends and I are pretty much disappointed, to say the least, that we are stuck in the middle of no where, missing our babies and husbands, but amazed at the force of the waves as they rock our ship. Why are we in the middle of “somewhere” in the Gulf? Glad you asked! Our captain informed us that the port on the coast of Mobile, AL is closed due to the inclement weather. There are no ships allowed to dock at this time. Furthermore, the Captain notified us that although we were almost to Mobile, he had to turn around and detour further south into the Gulf. He had to move the ship to a safer place as we wait out the storm. When he came on the loud speaker informing us that we have been moved to a safer place, I thought to myself, if this is called safe (rocking cabins, 50 foot waves, etc) then I don’t want to see what’s at the dock.

This is where my EmpowerMoment came in. Here we are stuck, waiting off course of our travel route to sit in a rough rocky, yet safer place.

Sometimes God will allow us to sit in a turbulent place in life because what’s ahead is even worse than where we are now. Have you ever wanted to hurry and let a season pass? If our captain were to “hurry” us to the port anyway, just because he could, we may have faced worse conditions. Sometimes it is “meant” for you to ride out the storm. You have to ride out that period in your life, even if it’s rocky.

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.  Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:39-40 NLT)

Another interesting thing about this storm that I’m currently in is I am not able to reach out to anyone. I’m typing this EmpowerMoment on my laptop, but the internet is down. The phones are busy because everyone else on the ship is trying to use them. So what can I do? I have to sit here and trust that God is in control of the waters. Jesus can calm the waters and quiet the seas and I am holding onto this faith that He will. Often times while in life’s storms, we try to reach out to people. We call our friends, parents, significant others and so forth for comfort and reassurance. But sometimes you’ll pick up the phone, dial about four numbers, and no one answers. This is when God is reminding you that He is the only one that can comfort you, even in the storms He places you in on purpose.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for getting us through the storms safely. Thank You for evoking a spirit of peace and assurance on our ships. Thank You for driving. You know best when I need a detour or a boost to propel forward. As we go through life’s waves and storms, help us to have the same confidence that You are with us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Sistah Girl, I EMPOWER you this day to 1) Recognize that some detours and storms in life are purposeful obstructions to protect us from what’s ahead  2)  Remember, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4 NIV) and  3) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 NIV) Don’t complain while in the storm and don’t add worry to your situation by being anxious. Even in situations as tumultuous as the one you are in now pray to God in thanksgiving…it could be worseBe blessed, and stay encouraged.

As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian ChurchCheck out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.

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12 thoughts on “Still In Troubled Waters”

  1. I am praying & assuming you ladies and all that was on board are safe. This is crazy because l’ve been bothered by a remark that a friend said to me in regards to things that have come my way for the last 7-10yrs (the storm). He said,” You have BAD LUCK.” All I could think of was do I. Though it’s troubling I keep getting the feeling that God will and has carried me through the storm. Thanks for this post.

    1. We don’t believe in luck, we believe in divine appointment. God is nurturing, pruning, fixing, healing, strengthening, building, beautifying, and positioning you for His glory to be revealed in your life. You just hang on, “They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They will mount up on wings as eagles, they will run and not get weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

  2. Kay I used your word to encourage a friend who I know is in the midst of the storm. When I read this the first time I loved it. As I read it to them I got chills. This was such a powerful story and right on time.

  3. Amen!! I was sitting there like “Lord have mercy!” How in the world can this be a safe place? And His words began to flow.

    I pray your friend was encouraged, God is so good!

    1. Amen!!! I think the mind boggling part is when we get taken “off” course, or so what we perceive as being taken off course. His ways are not our ways. One day I will understand this, lol.

  4. CONVICTED! Trying to keep the tears from falling while I read this at my desk in my classroom – I just got out of a ‘rocky’ situation that I didn’t want to be in. Thanks for the gentle reminder that God is indeed in control and allows the waters of our lives to be unsettled at times in order to bring us out victoriously!

    1. Hmm, Cookie, as soon as I read “got out”, I almost shouted right there!! God loves us so much that He tugs on our hearts with those gentle reminders. The best part is this; you can pay it forward by reassuring someone else that he will get you “out”.

      Stay encouraged.

  5. i have 1 thing to say, but i must say it x 2, in appropriate order. so here goes:

    thank you, Lord, for all things, EVERY thing you bring into my life. right now i especially thank You for sending me here, to this website.

    and now, to the author: thank you so very much for addressing this issue as if you were speaking directly to me.

    i wear a medal around my neck. it depicts the frightened apostles in the boat in a boiling sea, with Jesus raising his arms to the sky, from whence comes a cloud beginning to part, the sun’s rays peaking through. the inscription reads in tempestatesecuritas – my best latin (which is VERY poor) suggests the obvious: “in the tempest secure us.”

    i “found” it recently.

    with a life as filled with the truly miraculous as mine has been, you’d think i’d get a clue and have faith. i have none, none at all, when the chips are down. and they’ve been down for a year and a half.

    at least i have realized throughout, that though for the first time in my 53 years the Lord feels absent, He isn’t; and the only reason i have survived thus far is due to His Mercy.

    but i think of that AFTER the fact. my expectation is nil.

    so i thank you so much. it was written 100 per cent for me. it was written 100 per cent for everyone who read it and got the same comfort and reminder that i so desperately needed.

    aren’t God’s math skills are marvel? teachers would have us believe that 100 per cent of anything is ALL of it, with none left over. and yet, every single mortal being on this planet is 100 per cent God’s favorite, for whom He has already given 100 per cent, and to whom, if they have a modicom of faith, He is happy to give 100 per cent more over and over and over again, day by day, nano second by nano second.

    so thank you.

    and thank You.

    1. Deb, you just blessed me!!!

      I am marveled at how God can love mere humans like us. I am so grateful to know that you feel His mercy, and His touch. Thank you for being a blessing to me, and I am thankful to know you felt the same way!

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