In the midst of the storm

Remember the story in the bible about Peter walking on water? It’s one of my favorite stories, but I’ve noticed that some people only focus on Peter’s lack of faith, forgetting he was the only one who got out of the boat. But Peter seem to be an impetuous kind of person and often spoke and acted without thinking. So, was his choice to get out of the boat impulsive or an act of faith and bravery? Either way the fact remains he did it and it will never been forgotten. I can’t imagine myself in a small boat, in the midst of a storm on the sea of Galilee. The last time I went out on a boat, was to look for whales and spent the whole 20 minutes praying time would go by faster so I could get off the boat. An experience I don’t want to repeat.
But imagine yourself hanging out with the disciples while they getting ready to go fishing then launch their boats out into the deep water. Then dark clouds began gather, the wind howls and the sea begins to churn and huge waves crest over their boat, threatening to tear it apart. Such storms were common on the sea of Galilee and happened without warning. You’d think these strong, brave fishermen would be used to it, the storm was so intense they feared for their lives. Then they saw something coming towards them, and thought it was a ghost. But Jesus told them not to be afraid then Peter said “Lord if it is really you, then call me to come to you upon the waters. Jesus said” COME.” So he stepped out of the boat into the thrashing waves with his eyes on Jesus . . . until.. he got distracted by the storm and started sinking. We don’t know how far peter walked on the water before he began to sink. But as soon as he cried out for help Jesus rescued him.  I can just  imagine the story the disciples told when they got back to shore. You should have seen it they told all their buddies, Peter got out of the boat and walked across the waves to Jesus. It was miracle! One so important that it was recorded in the bible and is still talked about today.
We all face storms in this life, the rain falls on the good and the bad. Jesus said in this world we will have tribulation but he gives us hope, peace and the strength we need to go through any storms we may face and may even lead us to step out the comfort zone of our own boat and accomplish something amazing for God. But you’re afraid to take the chance, afraid others will reject or ridicule you. God didn’t make a mistake when he created you and his plan for your life hasn’t changed, but you have to be willing to step out of the boat and become the person God called you to be. The way might be difficult and filled with obstacles and storms but don’t give up. Instead, call out to the one who walks on water, controls the sea and calms the storms in your life. .. his name is Jesus and just like Peter he’ll pull you from of the depths of the storm and help you become the person he intended you to be.

J. Wallace

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