Calm before (and after) the storm

Calm before (and after) the storm

I’ve always loved the story of Peter asking Jesus to come out and walk on the water. We tend to give Peter a little grief for his lack of faith half way through his miracle water-walking experience. But hey, he’s the only one that gave it a try. Mad props to Peter!!

For all of us, as we read the story, watch for the wind, the waves and the fear that strikes these guys. Then watch the calming affect Jesus has on them…and the wind.

In our lives, there will be storms, but never forget Jesus is there with you…before, during and after those storms.

Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror.

But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”

He said, “Come ahead.”

Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”

Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”

The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!” (Matthew 14:24-33 MSG)