All the sailors were afraid, and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship (Jonah 1:5).
What a sad picture.
These frantic men, faced with a problem that was way beyond them.
Calling out to gods that are not God.
Attempting to solve a spiritual crisis by worldly means. Hurting themselves because worldly wisdom says it will help. Because that’s all they know.
That used to be us, Beloved.
Sometimes, it still is.
I’m going to avoid the “Storms of life” metaphor. It’s already in your head anyway. Let me just remind you of this: You know the false gods you called on in the past, and you know they were powerless. As for fixing things yourself…well…you remember how that worked out.
But you are no longer that person. Now, you know who to cry out to. You know who can rescue you. And you know that Pride is the only thing keeping you from calling for help.
Pride, threatening to drag you to the bottom of the metaphoric ocean.
Throw that nasty little piece of cargo overboard and call out to Him, Beloved.
He’s waiting for you.