Each one of us has encountered storms of life in so many ways. As we go through the storms of life we can not only wonder how we will make it through, we also begin to wonder what God is going to do to help us out, or sometimes we even go so far as to wonder if God is around. Like Peter and the other disciples on the boat, we can feel as if all we are doing is drifting farther and farther away.

And when we look at the story of Peter walking on water we find that, like Thomas, Peter wants proof that this is Jesus. And so he asks him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” This was not a sign of his great faith as sometimes we think about this story. Rather as Jesus himself states when he reaches out and saves Peter from sinking, Peter is one with just a little faith. Yet we also find that it is not Jesus’ main concern to instill in Peter more faith, rather it is Jesus’ concern to save Peter from drowning and save the others from the storm. And so when Jesus finally joins them in the boat the wind ceased.

Jesus is in the life-saving business. Time and again, when we are sinking, Jesus lifts us up out of the water and calms our storms. And while sometimes our situation has not changed, we find that we are given a sense of peace knowing once again that God is with us, and will continue to lift us up always and to the end.

The Storms of Life