The storms of life are never easy or wanted. There are times, I’ve felt a life storm coming; however, I’m usually surprised. A few of my family’s storms have come with a vengeance. Yet. We’ve never been alone in the storm. God has always been with us, getting us through the worst of the worst storms.
Matthew tells a story about a time when the disciples were out at sea during a storm, far from land, in the darkness. Jesus was not with them. They were frightened despite the fact they were seasoned fisherman and used to managing storms. It was as if the storm separated them from the peace of God.
Jesus knew the disciples could not control the storm on their own. He joined them in the storm, walking towards them on the water in the rough waters and high winds in the darkness of night in the middle of the sea:
“Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” (Matthew 14:27, NLT).
Jesus did not immediately calm the storm.
- He went into the storm to meet the disciples.
- He told them not to be afraid.
- He told them to have courage.
- He told them he was with them.
Like the disciples, you have the choice to respond to the presence of Christ in the storm.
I’m not afraid. I will have courage. I am not alone. Christ is present and will get me through the storm.
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)