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When All You Can See Is The Storm

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"The ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying,
It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship,
he walked on the water, to go to Jesus."

Matthew 14: 24-29

Peter, the disciple of Jesus is a rather interesting character, and if we take a closer look at him we will find that there are times when we can personally identify with him.

He is remembered for denying the Lord Jesus when put under surveillance. He is also known for his daring step of faith which gave to him the ability to do something that is completely unnatural, and that is ... to walk on the water. Unfortunately he is often criticised for sinking into the waves when he realised where he was, which deflates the importance of what was actually happening there on the storm-tossed lake in the darkness of the night! After all, when was the last time YOU walked on the water?

Let's take a closer look at the circumstances in which this miraculous event took place and apply a wonderful truth contained therein, and perhaps you will be comforted in your soul that this account was recorded in the Bible, possibly for your benefit.

Prior to this event Peter had just witnessed the Lord Jesus miraculously feed and fill over 5,000 hungry people with a small meal of five fishes and two loaves of bread! I wonder if this bolstered up his faith and boosted his confidence a little! Well, it must have made a mighty impact because he was about to defy the laws of nature and do what would normally be considered impossible!

Please allow me to set the scene here. Having dismissed the multitude after they had been fed the Lord sent His disciples ahead of Him in a boat to the other side of the lake while He went up into the mountain to spend time alone with His Father in prayer.

While He was there, the boat was starting to get tossed around by a storm which arose unexpectedly. I don't know how long their vessel was under duress, but in the middle of the night a familiar figure came to them walking on the water! At first they thought that it might be a spirit and were terrified but straight away with just a few words the Lord reassured them that it was Him.

Upon hearing the reassuring words of his Master, Peter called out to the Lord to bid him to meet Him on the water, so the Lord invited Peter in and ... he walked on the water to go to Jesus!

Now let's just stop there for a moment! During their time with the Lord Jesus the disciples have known some good times and some bad ones. Now was one of those times when they were having to endure some turbulent weather. Their little vessel was being tossed about on the sea which had been whipped up by the wind. And to make matters worse it looked like they were being intercepted by a spirit! But they were mistaken!

They misunderstood the situation as being out of control, but they were wrong. They thought they had seen a ghost, they were wrong again.

What they thought was chaos was brought to order,
what they thought was a ghost was the Lord Himself.

Have you ever been in a situation like this when the circumstance you find yourself in feel like it is going to consume you, and the thing you are afraid of turns out to be the Lord Himself? He's right there and just a heart cry away but sometimes we just don't recognise Him.

Now, let's turn our attention to Peter and what he just did. Out on the waves was His hero, for the want of a better word. It was his Master bidding him to come out of the boat and go to Jesus. How could he resist? When Jesus filled his gaze he was able to do something that would otherwise be considered impossible.

Someone may be reading this may be going through a trial right now. A tragedy came suddenly, bad or sad news whipped up a storm in your life. And it feels like the enemy is close and coming closer. But wait, look again, and focus on the Man who can walk on the water. He is the One with words of comfort and reassurance.

Life is not always green grass and blue skies. Sometimes the way is hard, sometimes stormy, but when all you can see is the storm it is easy to be overcome and sink to a place where we need rescuing.  Thankfully our beloved Lord and Master is just a call away.

However, one of those wonderful things about having a relationship with the living Lord Jesus is that it is possible for the likes of you and me to, 'walk on water' also. By that I mean it is possible to rise above the circumstances that would otherwise engulf you. Whatever trial you are called upon to go through focusing on the beloved Lord Jesus will enable you to rise above its power to pull you down.

You will be surprised what is achievable when we are focused on Him, and on Him alone. This is what happened to the fearful disciples who locked themselves away in an upper room because they were afraid of the Jews who crucified their Lord only a short while ago.

The Bible tells us: "Then were the disciples glad, WHEN they saw the Lord" John 20: 20. One look at Him turned their fear to gladness.

Remember dear friend that: "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1: 7. And you can claim the following words as I have done and make them your own: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4: 13.

Well, if we were to continue to follow on with the account we would have read that Peter became aware of the waves he was walking on and immediately began to sink. Yes, he lost his focus and the Lord came to his immediate rescue. But he walked on the water when no one else did! And you can do the same when you're focused on Him as well!  :)

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 Related Link - When Jesus Came - (Blog Post from December 2017)
 

And In Keeping With The Above Subject ...


Might as well have a listen to this one if you havent already :)
This song was written for Christmas 2017
but the lyrics compliment the thoughts shared in the blog above.

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  1. neil moraes

    Hello Amanda, Thanks for the beautiful newsletter about Peter's faith and lack of faith. One way or the other we all pass through the same test repeatedly everyday. I have been following your songs for a few years now. It is a shame one does not have access to the lyrics, which are the real beauty of expression. Maybe you can think about it. You might also think about permitting access to your songs so you can reach a larger number of listeners. Maybe you would make less money, but you would be doing a great deed to humanity. In God's love, Neil

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