I was reading in my bible this morning in the book of Matthew. The story that we all know about Jesus walking on water to His disciples and Peter stepping out of the boat. I have read and heard this story at least a thousand times. I did the craft at vacation Bible school. I have dug into the truth of the story as an adult.
But it hit me different this morning. Maybe because life feels like one giant storm right now? Maybe because our world is in the most tumultuous state that it’s been in in our lifetime. Our country is so divided. We are isolated and quarantined and lonely. Maybe it’s because big things have come up in my own personal life that are asking me to have big faith in Jesus to work it out.
Maybe you are there too, my friend. Maybe the political climate has you discouraged. Maybe you are lonely. Maybe your marriage is on the rocks. Maybe your children aren’t speaking to you right now. Maybe you have lost a parent. Maybe you have lost a child. Maybe you are struggling through month after month of infertility and you are feeling the weight of life. Maybe your depression is threatening to pull you under the waves and you just aren’t sure where your faith is or how much more you can bear.
This is where it hit me. So how do we survive the storms in life that feel like they are about to swallow us up? God spoke this very simple and yet incredibly profound truth to me this morning: Don’t let the storm take your eyes off of Jesus.
It really is as simple as that. Peter was in a hopeless situation. He was asked to step out into some really scary, big, impossible circumstances and there was never any way that He was going to be able to do them on his own. No amount of flailing his arms or peddling his legs was ever going to propel him across the top of the water. He never stood a chance in his own strength. When he was called out of the boat, he was destined to sink. IF he took his eyes off of Jesus.
When we feel like this life or our circumstances are beyond what we can handle, all that we have to do is lean in and He will meet us where we are. Jesus didn’t ask Peter to figure out his own way to get to Him before He would help. He saw that the wind and waves were too much and reached out His hand.
Friend, if you don’t know Jesus, or you have questions, please message me. Seek out a believer friend that you are comfortable with. The hope and love and grace and peace that He brings is simply too great for you to miss out on.
If you know Him…Don’t let the storm take your focus off of Jesus.