Hello dear friends, I apologize for not posting as much this past week, the events as of late have rendered me speechless at times. I began to write early Wednesday morning, only to be hit with writer’s block and exhaustion. I went to bed and had only been asleep for an hour when I was awakened by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. By the grace of God, there were no fatalities.
I’ve been sitting here in shock, as many of my family and friends have been. There’s so much to process right now. The events of this world-major catastrophes, locusts, and pandemics that are overlapping each other, barely giving us enough time to keep our heads above water and gasp for breath. And yet, when we feel like we’re drowning, we must remind ourselves that our Savior walks on water. He calms the storms of this life. He reaches down into that dark ocean of uncertainty that we are sinking in, takes our hand, and pulls us up onto His solid ground.
I love the story of Peter and the Savior walking on the ocean waves together. I’ve gone over the details of this story in my mind many times. I love to think about what a person would’ve witnessed once Peter left the ship. He walked towards the Lord, the wind picked up, and he became afraid. He began to sink.
He cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately, Jesus stretched forth his hand, caught him, pulled him out of the dark abyss, and said: “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
Then the bible explains that they went into the ship, and the winds ceased.
But that’s exactly the part that I want to talk about. They went back to the ship.
Peter didn’t swim back to the ship. There’s just no way. Jesus pulled him out of the water, and set him on His solid ground. They were together. Walking on water, in the storm, back to the ship.
Can you even imagine this? Just picture it in your mind.
Jesus was at Peter’s side, helping him along. Helping him through the storm, helping him through the doubt and the fear. Helping him and defending him from the fierce winds of the adversary as they continued to blow.
Back to the ship, safe and sound.
Friends, as we navigate these stormy seas, may we realize that Jesus is right there beside us, helping us, walking with us until we make it back to the ship. When we find ourselves on shaky, unsteady ground, the Lord reaches out to us. He puts us on His solid ground. He is our rock. He is our redeemer.
Sending you love and prayers,
Return to Christ