The One Who Calms The Storms Of Life
A few years ago, my wife and I went to Israel. My favorite part of the trip was our visit to the Sea of Galilee. I could’ve stayed there a month; it was so beautiful! We started in the ruins of Capernaum on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. Then we crossed to the other side. We sat by the sea shore and ate fish from the sea.
It was a type of perch and delicious. Funny story, as we were sitting there eating with some church friends, a couple beside us decided that I needed some instruction on eating the fish the proper British way, with a fork. They didn’t know I was in my outback mode. What they hadn’t realized is, I had worked in a five star restaurant for years. I didn’t need help; I needed a break. I was on vacation that day from proper etiquette lessons.
If you know me, you know I was raised a country boy by a single mother of six and whenever I got hungry I went to the pond with a few worms. I would catch me a dozen of fish or more, clean them and cook them, seeing the perch fish took me back. I’m sorry that’s what they ran into but when I saw that fish, it was on.
Back to my message. Our pastor said to us that day, we’re going over to the other side. So we got into the boat to cross over. That’s where the story begins. Have you ever been told to do something by the Lord? You see the Lord told his disciples to cross over the sea and He would meet them on the other side. So, they got in the boat in obedience and started on their journey. But in the process of the journey a storm came up and began to bash into the boat they were in.
The word of God says the water buffered the boat. The disciples became fearful for their lives and thought they would die. Peter looked up and saw someone walking on the water, “It’s a ghost,” they cried out in fear. Jesus said to them, “Take courage, it is I, don’t be afraid.”
Peter said, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Peter got out of the boat and started to walk toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he became afraid and beginning to sink cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately, Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said “why did you doubt?” When they climbed in the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly, you are the son of God!”
Does this story sound familiar to you? Is this a scenario that’s playing out in your life even as we speak? The Lord has spoken to you by his Spirit and commanded you to cross over to the other side. And you have obeyed him.
But in the process, all hell has broken out against you. Just like it happened to the disciples. Well, don’t fret. The Lord is no respecter of persons, since he did it for the disciples he will do it for you. Just call on His name and He will cause the raging storm to cease. And we all will glorify Him.
He speaks peace to the storms,
Rev. Varn E Brown, Sr