Foundations Set in Water

Our day was filled with adventures on and near the Sea of Galilee. Its hard to believe that this little lake was the location of the majority of Jesus’ ministry.

There is just something about being in a boat on the Sea of the Galilee.

It’s hard to describe. Let’s just say … it is … Peaceful.

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”

Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:35-41

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
to guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice, who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be Still My Soul #534 UM Hymnal

What storms of life do you need to let go of and trust to the One who still calms the waters?

We moved onto Capernaum – the base of Jesus’ ministry and the home of Peter.

We try to understand the reality that we are in a place where Jesus walked and taught.

We finished our day in another port town – Magdala, the home of Mary the Magadalene. This newly discovered place is well preserved and has only been open to the public for 5 years (although I can tell you of story of being here – sneaking in really – 7 years ago shortly after the discovery).

Here we can step over the threshold of the synagogue Jesus would have taught.

We marvel at the reminders of the women Jesus encountered and the value He placed in them.

We began the day in a boat and finished the day reflecting by a boat that serves as a pulpit (I might even be enticed to use a pulpit like this one!).

Tomorrow – Teaching and Miracles


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.