A violent storm appears out of nowhere in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. Sailors battle to gain control of the boat as the waves toss them around like a paper cup. They fear for their lives throughout the night as the struggle continues for hours. Completely exhausted they gaze upon what looks like a ghost walking towards them in the fourth watch. Then they hear the words, “It is I; be not afraid.” Jesus walks on the roaring waves and is unshaken by the fierce winds. In an unexpected turn of events, Peter walks on water when called by the Lord. Through this occurrence, Jesus is revealed as the son of God and the master of the storm.
An important lesson unfolds for Peter in Matthew 14: 30: “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he was able to walk on the water. The moment he focused on his terrifying surroundings, he began to sink. This is exactly what we do as Christians when the storms of life come our way. Those turbulent situations steal our attention and we begin to sink. Many frightful problems will demoralize us and tempt us to give up. All the while, God is calling us to walk on our stormy waters. When all around us appears hopeless, it is time to look up. The Savior will come to our rescue when we call on his name.
Tumultuous times always provide opportunities to grow in our faith. We are challenged to move higher, go further, and trust God more than ever. Also, we are called to get out of the boat and seek him like never before. It is in these situations that God reveals himself in greater glory and we become closer to him. Sometimes the Lord has a greater purpose for us in adversity rather than deliver us from every storm. A relationship with him will help us rise above every obstacle. Look to him and he will help you walk through your difficulties. Jesus will make you become more like him and a stronger Christian. You will find out that even the darkest storms will obey him because he is Lord of all.
Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. (All comments are welcomed at firstname.lastname@example.org)