The above photo was taken last weekend from the St Andrews State Park pier here in Panama City Beach, Florida.
The blue-green water was so calm, so clear and so beautiful showing why this is called the Emerald Coast.
Of course, it's not always this calm and over the years major storms, tornadoes and hurricanes have caused great damage.
Nevertheless, this picture typifies the hope and peace possible through the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 8 tells how a storm came while Jesus and his disciples were in a ship at sea.
Panicked, they woke Jesus up saying, "Lord, save us: we perish."
Jesus replied, "Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?"
Matthew writes, "Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!"
Are you fearful? Sometimes, yes.
Over the years, I have found the only place of perfect peace is at the foot of the cross where perfect love casts out fear.
May we each put our faith in the risen Saviour whose blood washes away our sin and makes us free for all eternity.
Q. What can wash away my sin?
A. Nothing but the blood of Jesus!