Fear in the midst of a life storm can be the worst part can’t it? Sure the challenge is tough but the worry and fear can be debilitating.
In this story we looked at previously Jesus’ disciples are caught in the midst of a ferocious storm at night on the Sea of Galilee. They’re about to capsize when Jesus comes walking to them on the water.
He hasn’t calmed the storm, it’s still raging.
Yet, he says to them, “Take courage.” What he tells us as well.
Then before the storm slackens he offers them and us one of his greatest gifts.
He says, “Don’t be afraid. I’m with you.”
Suddenly everything changes.
The storm still rages. The boat is still being swamped. But suddenly things are different.
Jesus is there with them in the same way he’s with us in the midst of our storms.
Jesus never promised we wouldn’t go through storms. But he did promise we wouldn’t go through them alone.
We can sense his presence. Hear his quiet inner voice. See him working in the midst.
Then that brings us his peace.
Frankly, often the fear of what may come is the worst part of the storm isn’t it? Jesus simply says, “Don’t be afraid.”
When the disciples focused on Jesus rather than the storm they found that peace and power they so desperately needed.
The same peace and power we can find.
*Matthew 14: 24-26