Finding Peace in the StormEvan Travers
Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31 ESV)
Father, I have always loved this story. I love your serene concern to foolhardy Peter... That to you the wind and waves didn't exist, didn't even perturb you. The biggest storm in your eyes was the one in Peter's heart, and so you spoke to that before you rebuked the elements. Your love for us is amazing.
I confess that I enjoy mocking the blindness of the disciples, that they would miss the power displayed in feeding a giant crowd and more easily assume that you were a spectral apparition rather than the long awaited Messiah. Lord, I find today that I'm guilty of the same foolishness. I cringe before the waves of my life, fearing the scream of the winds of chance and I forget that if I were to meet your eyes and believe, I could walk calmly to you.
Jesus, take hold of my sinking, flailing heart today. Let me hear once more the words said to Peter two millennia ago, and rest in your sovereignty over the chaos of my world. I know that the worldly storm doesn't always disappear, but there is no tempest in your peace. May I embrace it, and walk to you without fear and in increasing joy in your amazing grace.
(photo of Sea of Galilee from our trip in 2010... thankfully no storm involved.)
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