There are days,
when the wind blows against me.
And it blows against you.
So I can relate when I read the story in Matthew of the disciples straining at the oars of their boat as the wind blew against them and the waters of the Sea of Galilee grew stormy.
I know how it feels to be trying to push forward through rough waters…
against growing waves….
trying to at least maintain the progress I’ve made so far….
knowing forward movement is going to be extremely difficult.
Do you know that feeling, too?
Then I am reminded as I read God’s word, that I need to look up –
above the waves.
Because when the disciples looked up, they saw Jesus. The Creator of the wind and waves walked out to them – giving them courage in the middle of the storm.
Jesus challenged Peter to show his faith by stepping out of the boat. Do you notice that Jesus didn’t calm the storm? It’s all still whipping around Peter when Jesus asks him to step out in faith.
What a big difference from my frequent prayers to calm the storms! Calming them is often not his plan. Instead, he comes to me in the midst of the wind and rain to challenge my faith – asking me to grow my trust and step out of the boat right into the storm where I need to count on him even more for guidance and protection.
Its hard not to focus on the waves,
and on the wind as it blows against me.
What are you focused on today?
Please help us lift our eyes and focus on you, Abba Father.