I’ve always loved the story of Peter walking on water during a violent storm, especially the part describing Jesus immediately reaching out and grabbing his sinking friend, saving him from drowning.
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!“
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,”Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.
Matthew 14:27-33 (NLT)
This story in Matthew is worth meditating on.
God comes to my storm.
God invites me to get out of the boat as the winds of adversity blow and the powerful waves crash upon me.
God empowers me to take a faith walk on the powerful waves of my storm.
God immediately reaches out and grabs me when my storm becomes overwhelming and I sink into the raging waters.
God calms my storm.
God is my friend. God is my rescuer. God is my God.
Remember there’s a story in the storm, a message in the mess of it, a promise: God walks us through the storm, never leaving, always present.
Storm walking with God opens the door to amazing possibilities.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)