Sermon Illustrations

I’m going to tell you a metaphoric story based upon a metaphor written by Silvia Hartmann.

There was a merchant ship at sea. It was a beautiful day. The sea was calm, the sun was warm, and the breeze was full and refreshing. A nor’easter blows and a storm engulfs the ship. The Captain looks to God and depends on the strength of his ship and crew.

The Captain of the ship doesn’t seek to control the wind or the water, but instead, he responds in such a way that the wind and water become allies to move him forward towards his goal.

An experienced Captain is free from fear and strong in knowledge and experience that all will be well.

Peter does this same thing in our Scripture text today. And he does it even better as he matures in Christ. He stops trying to control the flow and goes with what God is doing at this time in his life.