Straining at the Oars
by Bill Williamson
Do you ever feel as though you are working hard, but getting nowhere? Do you ever feel stuck? Do you want to give up? Are you exhausted? Is there a sense that something is keeping you back from getting to the Promised Land?
Have you tried everything you can to find purpose and value? Have you stopped believing that you will never rise above your circumstances? Do you stop thinking you will ever experience the abundant life Christ came to give to those who follow Him.
Don’t give up. Don’t throw in the towel. You’re not alone. Everyone has moments, times, or even seasons of what Jesus’ disciples experienced in Mark 6 when as they were “straining at the oars”, “making headway painfully”. You do not need to continually struggle in this life, even if the “storms of destruction” keep coming. You are not alone. God is with you.
In this book, you will be invited to take a moment and consider what it is that is causing you to strain at the oars. You will be encouraged to set down the oars, to rest in God, to trust in the person of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you as you navigate your personal storms of destruction.
In this insightful new book, author and pastor Bill Williamson draws a direct correlation between the circumstances life throws at us and how we can find peace – and victory – in the midst of life’s storms.
About the Author
Known to many as Ermal, or even Ermal T, author Bill Williamson has been a Christian for most of his life. For the past 35 years he has served as a pastor in a variety of roles. He has been blessed in serving the Body of Christ, yet his life has not been without bumps and bruises along the way. Despite his difficult experiences in life and ministry, and because of them, God has used Him to minister to and care for others in similar circumstances. Whether it’s navigating a season of depression, or facing the end of a 38 year marriage, or going through conflict or experiencing another life transition, Bill continues to trust in the steadfast love of God that sustains him every day. At the writing of this book, Bill was going through one of his more difficult and at times confusing transitions in life and ministry. He currently is residing in Southern California where he has spent most of his life. As he waits upon the Lord to show him the next steps to take along this path of life, he trusts this book will bless those who not only read its pages, but who encounter the ever present peace of Christ in the midst of life’s storms.