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In Matthew 14:22-33, we find an account of a storm that hit the disciples boat and led Peter to walk on the water. While reading those verses I was captivated by the verses before and after the ones that said he walked on the water.
Have you ever been in a storm? This storm took you by surprise. To this day you can’t understand why it happened and the end result still leaves you with questions. In those situations, I believe that we may never know all the ‘whys’ and maybe we aren’t supposed to.
In verse 22 after feeding the five thousand, it says that ‘immediately Jesus MADE His disciples get into the boat and go before to the other side while he sent the multitudes away. He then went up to the mountain alone to pray and he stayed there until evening. The next verse takes us to the seas and tells us that ‘the boat was in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves for the wind was contrary’.
Now my mind is trying to analyze and I have come to the conclusion that I think Jesus was interceding in prayer and was made aware of the situation that his disciples were encountering. Why? The verse says ‘now in the 4th watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea’ but it was just turning evening when he went to the mountain to pray. When the disciples saw the figure of Jesus in the storm, they thought he was a ghost and they cried out in fear…but immediately Jesus spoke to them “Be of good cheer, it is I, do not be afraid”.
The next verse is the reference to Peter walking on the water. Now notice that Peter got out of that boat and stepped on the water, the waves were boisterous and so strong that they were tossing this enormous fishing boat. (I am assuming it was a fishing boat because of the fact that about 1/2 of the disciples were fisherman.) Could it be that Jesus didn’t calm those waters because he wanted to show Peter what Peter was made of? Peter walked on that water my friend; he walked on it as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. The moment he looked at those boisterous waves he was overcome with fear and he started to sink. Jesus of course rescued him and asked Peter, “why did you doubt”?
But this is the part that I want you to get; verse 32 says, “and when they got into the boat, the wind ceased”. Jesus didn’t calm the storm for Peter and the disciples until Peter had experienced walking on the rough sea. Is that your story? Have you gone through a storm and until you ‘got in the boat’ the storm didn’t cease?
I believe there are things that we experience as children of God that he knows we can survive. There are things we go through that make us ‘run to him’ and there are trials that test our faith and when we look back over these times, we can see where God’s plan did work in our lives. If Jesus doesn’t ‘calm the storm’ when you think he should, just remember this story of Peter. Peter was the only disciple that really, personally (as recorded) experienced the amazing supernatural ability of this magnitude. HE WALKED ON WATER AND THAT WATER WAS A TURBULENT STORMY SEA.Whatever you are going through you might have to step out of the boat and walk on the water and trust your wonderful Jesus that he will be there for you. I pray that you see the storm you have experienced from a different light.
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by Sheila (Guest Post)
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Nothing I believe is more moving then tears in the springtime. Your life is smoothly sailing along and you can feel the spring breeze across your face and the green grass under your toes, the birds are singing your song in a wonderful chorus with the dragonflies. You notice families as they bike ride and children playing tag in the streets. The sun is out and all appears well and the season you find yourself in is good. Most love the springtime as it represents new birth and the dawning of a new season of life and richness. You take away the spring and all that is left is death and famine, but there can still be tears in the springtime.
You find out that your friend has a horrible cancer. Your mother has lost her toes due to diabetes and your Aunt is in a coma. All these things happen in the springtime. The sun is shining the plants are growing and everything else is well, but pain from sudden tragic events begin to eat the joy out of your life and though your living in the springtime, you’re experiencing tears. Tears generated by the pain and agony of loss and frustration. There is only one solution when you have tears in the springtime and that is to wait.
Somebody said, there are only four seasons, but I say there are at least 16. Four seasons within each season of summer, fall, winter and spring. You may be old and chronologically speaking in the winter of your life, the door of death is nearer then when you were fifthteen, but may enjoy the sweetness of grandchildren that makes the winter season a time of spring. You may be in the fall of life when things begin to dry up and you begin to notice the early nightfall, but you also graduate this fall from your university and enter the springtime. The season of life you find yourself will constantly change within the season. Enjoy the springtime, but consider there may be tears. Don’t dread the wintertime we all need rest and you may have springtime within the winter. All things happen to all and there is a season to every purpose.