Help in the Storm

"Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves." Matthew 14:24

I've been watching the news reports and the pictures from Hurricane Harvey's hit on Texas. I see all the photos of the courageous, kind individuals rescuing people and animals, giving out water and helping provide shelter in the storm. It makes me think the storm may be exactly what America needs. We need to see that in these turbulent times we live in, there still remains some good folks who look past color and social status (and political party) to lend a helping hand to their fellow man.

I think about the storms Jesus used in the lives of the Apostles. They learned many lessons through them as a result. One moment that is forefront in my mind is when Jesus called Peter to walk to Him on the waves of the storm.

"About three o'clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw Him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, "It's a ghost!" But Jesus spoke to them at once. 'Don't be afraid,' He said. 'Take courage. I am here.' Then Peter called to Him, 'Lord, if it's really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water." Matthew 14:25-28

Jesus could have calmed the sea at any moment, but there was a lesson for Peter to learn. Jesus urged him on. He also gave Peter instruction on how to walk on the stormy waves. He needed to not have doubt and just come. I really love that Mathew recorded Jesus' hand was outstretched to help Peter. He only needed to take that first step. He even grabbed Peter when he doubted and began to sink.

"Yes, come,' Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. 'Save me, Lord!' he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. 'You have so little faith,' Jesus said. 'Why did you doubt me?'  Mathew 14:28-31

Whatever storm you find yourself in, look to Jesus and give Him your hand.

When they (Jesus and Peter) climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped." Matthew 14:32

by Coleen Jejeran, Missionary to Romania