By the atmosphere surrounding us, every person with whom we come in contact is consciously or unconsciously affected.… Our words, our acts, our dress, our deportment, even the expression of the countenance, has an influence. COL 339.
OFFICIAL Ellen G. White
now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
We embarked in a small boat which was to
convey us across the channel to the coast of Denmark. Here I was provided with
a stateroom containing two sofas, and shut in by heavy curtains--
accommodations which we then thought hardly necessary for a day journey of only
six hours. We had occasion, however, to change this opinion before reaching
land. The first hour we spent on deck in the cheerful and well-furnished
ladies' cabin. The weather was pleasant, the sea smooth, and we anticipated an
enjoyable trip. But soon the captain, passing through the cabin, advised us to
go below and lie down at once, for we were coming into rough water. We
complied, though rather unwillingly. In a short time the boat began to rock
violently; we could hardly keep our position upon the sofas. I became very ill,
now in a profuse perspiration, as if every organ was struggling against the
terrible malady, and then overcome by deathly seasickness. . . .
Death seemed very near; but I felt that I
could cling, with the firm grasp of faith, to the hand of Jesus. He who holds
the waters in the hollow of His hand could keep us in the tempest. The waves of
the great deep obey His voice, "Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further:
and here shall thy proud waves be stayed." I thought how Jesus calmed the
fears of His disciples as He stilled the stormy Galilee; and should I be afraid
to trust to His protection who had given me my work? My heart was kept in
perfect peace because it was stayed on Him. The lesson of trust I learned
during these few hours was very precious. I have found that every trial of life
is given to teach me a new lesson of my own dependence, and of trust in my
heavenly Father. We may believe that God is with us in every place, and in
every trying hour we may hold fast that hand which has all power.
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