"Jesus went to them...And they cried out in fear." ~ Matthew 14:25-26
One thing is for certain: Storms come. Life is full of them. Sometimes we can see them coming from a mile away, so we prepare. Most of the time, we have no clue that they are on their way--until they make landfall. Matthew 14 takes place in an all too familiar of a setting. We know it well, don't we? Dark skies threaten. The wind begins howling. The lightening. The thunder. The rain pelts from all directions. Our life boat begins to be battered by the storm before we can make it to shore. We had little to no warning.
An unexpected sickness threatens a family member. A financial crisis appears out of nowhere. A relationship is tested by unfaithfulness. The list goes on. The storms are overwhelming.
That's where Jesus steps in--right in the middle of the storm. Right where the waves are the highest and the winds are strongest. The disciples cry out in fear when they see him. He is walking on water. He speaks words of comfort from the center of the storm. He says,"Take courage."
I believe Jesus still speaks those words to us. The storm proved to be a valuable lesson to the disciples. It proved that Jesus was God. The storm wasn't bigger that the savior. The wind wasn't stronger than his wonderful grace. The rain wasn't greater than his rich mercy. And the disciples worshiped him for it.
One thing is for certain: Storms come. Life is full of them. If you haven't just made it through one, one is on it's way. Be sure of that. In the meantime, when you are afraid, remember the two words from the lips of Jesus. "Take courage." He doesn't wait for the storm to pass. He isn't a reluctant savior. He will meet you at it's peak intensity. He is master of it. He is bigger than the storm. He is stronger. He is greater. He will be faithful. Trust that. Take courage in Jesus and worship him in and after the storm. If so, you'll be reminded and reassured of the same thing that the disciples learned when their storm was over: Jesus is God. Jesus is greater than our storm. They had reason to take courage.