We all encounter storms in our life. The miracle of Jesus walking on water reminds us that Jesus willingly walks out to meet us and to help us right in the middle of them.
Whether emotional or physical, some storms we are sent into and some storms we start ourselves. But no matter the source, the good news is that greatest storms we encounter are the very ones Jesus steps into with us. He comes and says he’s good and he’s God. He holds our faces in his hands and says, I’m here.
Sometimes, this is all we need to know.
Read this from the Bible together:
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough.19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
Some key statements and questions put forward that are important for us to talk about…
By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them.” Can you identify times in your life where things have felt dark? Are there areas of your life where you are choosing darkness over Jesus? If so, what are those?
When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened.” Think of times in your life where you have been fatigued, scared for your life, or worn down. Do you tend to think of those times as when Jesus was walking away from you or towards you?
Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading. Do you have a plan for your life that seems like it’s a struggle or a strain right now? Have you taken Jesus into your “boat” or are you in charge of where you’re heading and how you get there?
Storms are a large part of life. Do you tend to wonder why God allows bad things to happen or do you run to him as your source of rest, strength and safety when they do?
God walks into the storm with his friends to comfort them. Do you believe Jesus considers you his friend and comforts you? If so, are you someone who walks into other people’s storms with the same comfort you’ve been given?
”At the timberline where the storms strike with the most fury, the sturdiest trees are found.”- Hudson Taylor Do you believe that storms are meant to strengthen you? What storms have you weathered so far and what strength have you gained because of them?