Julie Cook

is an assistant professor of English at Adventist University of Health Sciences in Orlando, Florida.

​In the Middle

The small fishing boat was getting swamped. The lake water couldn’t be kept out, for as fast as they could scoop it out, another wave would crash over them. All was dark—no visible stars or lights on the shore. Only occasional flashes of lightning revealed the terror in each other’s faces. They were going to drown—either the ship would capsize, or its hull would break. It was the worst storm of their lives.

Like the disciples during that dark, scary night, we may find ourselves in the middle of a storm. And our “storms” can arrive in a variety of ways: a struggling marriage, a meaningless job, a parent’s death, an endless illness, an …

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