“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’ Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him” (Matthew 14:29-31).
Do you ever feel like Peter in this scripture? You know you’re going along, stepping out in faith, eyes focused on Jesus, trying to do what He has asked you to do, (despite your illness and it’s restrictions upon your life) and then BAM! You’re suddenly sinking like Peter. You lose that focus, and all the pain, worries and fears of your illness wash over you.
You feel as though you just can’t get above those waves, you’re drowning. This situation is a commonality for all of us who deal with chronic illness, but like Peter, we have someone who will be our lifeline, the one who, like the Coast Guard, when we cry out, when we yell MAYDAY! MAYDAY! He comes. What’s even more amazing is His word assures us He will come immediately.
Jesus doesn’t have to wait for the storm to calm, or to do a search grid to find us; No, He knows exactly where we are, what we are feeling. He knows and understands our fears, our doubts, and just as He saved Peter, He reaches out with His hand, our lifeline, and saves us too; lifting us up above the waves so we can breathe.
Though He may not always choose to remove the storm; He will always grant us His peace, the kind that only He can give, even in the middle of that storm; administering His life saving grace, mercy and healing in our lives.
Prayer: Father we thank You for Your love, your faithfulness. Help us Lord to remember that even in the midst of our storms, in this sea of life, You are there. You are our lifeline that we can trust and know will rescue us when we call. Amen
About the author:
Diane alata, lives in Central Florida, she is blessed to have three grown children, and a wonderful husband, who is also her caregiver in illness. She is a cancer survivor, but continues to deal with chronic digestive illness, neuropathy. She loves art and writing. Her greatest desire is to bring encouragement and comfort to others just as Her Lord and Savior has done for her.
How have you handled those storms that cause you to sink into the sea of doubt? What lifelines has God given you to see you through?
This is Yolanda Adams singing “Through the Storm” and “Let us Worship Him.” Even when it seems like there is no way God can make a miracle out of our mess, He does. He may not be calming your storm today, but He is there, riding the winds with you. Hang in there, friend.