Where do I begin?!
I was kind of dreading church this morning. I had a playing job in a nearby town with my father and some past teachers and I was glad to get to spend time with them, but we all know I don’t handle change well. It wasn’t my church, it wasn’t what I was used too, it wasn’t this, and it wasn’t that…
Little did I know what God had in store for me.
It was a special Sunday at this church – a celebration of 180 years of history. They had a friend who grew up in the church give the sermon. And wow…I was left speechless.
Matthew 14: 22-33
The story of Jesus walking on the water.
Let me do my absolute best to summarize what I learned this morning:
Jesus makes the disciples get into the boat. Jesus knows when he does this, that a storm is coming. Jesus knows that this will be a hard journey for the disciples to make alone. But Jesus makes them get in the boat anyways.
Jesus goes up to the mountain to pray. A while after he had sent the disciples out a horrible storm comes up. The wind was going against the disciples. They were exerting all this effort to move somewhere/make progress towards reaching shore, but they weren’t moving at all. Waves were crashing all around them and they were afraid.
Jesus walked on the water out to where they were. He did not get in their boat, or even too close to it. The disciples were afraid. They thought he was a ghost so Peter said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” Jesus did. And Peter walked on the water towards Jesus. Peter became aware of his surroundings – how scary and dangerous they seemed and he began to sink beneath the water. He cried out, “Jesus, save me!” The Lord held out his hand and saved him. They got into the boat and Jesus said, “Shhh.” and the storm ceased and all was quiet.
Do you see friends?! Do you see the relevance in this story to our own measly, quiet lives. Jesus is speaking to us here!
There may be a situation in your life that you didn’t ask for. Matter of fact, IF anyone had asked you, you might have gone running the opposite direction away from it. It could be health related – illnesses, whether it be physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, etc. It could be financial, marital, relationship related, or maybe you just feel stuck – like you’re barely treading water and don’t know how much longer you can keep going. You may be in your own little boat of despair, tossing in the wild stormy waves of the sea. Maybe you are trying your best to row to shore and you are making no progress. Maybe you’ve cried out to God many, many times for help and it seems as if he’s just not answering.
Here’s the thing: God answers us in his own time and in his own ways. Could you ever imagine for one second SEEING someone walk on water? I know I can’t. I don’t think those disciples could either – otherwise they wouldn’t have thought Jesus was a ghost at first. Jesus came to them in their time of need in a way much different than they could ever have thought of. Had they not been looking closely enough, they may have missed seeing him there on the water, altogether.
Now here’s a VERY important point, friends. As American Christians we tend to think, “let me ask God into my life.” Let me fit him into my schedule, go to him when I have time, ask him for help when and how I need it. But Peter hits the nail on the head when he says, “Lord, if it is you, command ME TO COME TO YOU on the water.” It’s time to quite expecting God to come to our boat to save us when and how we think he should! We need to be willing to pick ourselves up and ask him to make us a part of his life. The Almighty Savior is offering to save us!!!! All we need to do is come to him and ask him to allow us into his life!
Lastly, Jesus said, “Shh!” and all of the sea became calm all at once. Go to Jesus and ask him to quiet whatever is rocking the boat in your life…fear, anger, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness, pain, illness, relationship issues, etc. Ask God to let you into his life and to do his work on you and through you.
Get out of your boat, bring your issues to Jesus. Ask Him to make you a part of his life – he can quiet all the storms you’re dealing with. This doesn’t mean that the storms will quit existing, no we are humans and if we’re not in a storm then we’re headed for one. But the Almighty God can handle ANYTHING that comes his way from the largest of waves to the smallest of tears. Let God quiet your demons and put healing peace over your life today. Keep your eyes open for the unexpected ways he’s at work in you and those around you. Be at peace as you face the week ahead, butterflies ❤
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
― Corrie ten Boom