Why Are You Fearful? by Robert Walker

Why Are You Fearful?
Robert Walker
Matthew 8


When American billionaire Larry Ellison, cofounder and CEO of Oracle Corp., won the fabled 725-mile Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race during the first week of this year (1999), he and his crew could not find it in their hearts to celebrate. They began their race in his 80-foot long boat, the Sayonara. Although the race began under sunny skies, a ferocious storm rose while the boats were in open water, with 90 mile per hour winds hurling 35-foot waves at the boats.

Some 50 sailors, many injured, had to be rescued by helicopter. Six boats were abandoned or sank, and four men perished. Two more are missing and presumed dead.

Race organizers say their investigation will focus on whether the crews were sufficiently informed about the bad weather, which was forecast, but which many competitors obviously underestimated. (Newsweek January 11, 1999)

I'm preaching this morning "why are you fearful?" What I want you to know today is that the clouds will always gather overhead.

The wind will always blow against your house.

The storms will always rage against your life.

If I were to ask you this morning what is the most freighting experience you have ever had what would you answer?

Some people would probably say a sudden automobile accident, a devastating sickness, a near tragedy or a tour in Iraq.

Whatever the answer maybe we would all agree that we have share a freighting experience in a storm. For storms are very much a part of our lives.

Every year 10-12 hurricanes sweep across our country and leave a wake of destruction and devastation. Four hit the state of Florida this year. Sometimes we call them cyclones, sometimes we call them typhoons, but regardless of the terminology it means winds of up to 200 miles per hour.

And since 1900 it has meant literally thousands of deaths, and in the past 20 y ea ...

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