We know the story well, the disciples were in the middle of the sea when they looked up and saw Jesus walking on the water. The book of Matthew tells us the sea was not calm, instead it was impacted by boisterous winds. The disciples had been rowing against the waves most of the night when Jesus appeared to them walking on the water.
And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:28-33
Although a storm surrounded Him, Peter looked to Jesus. In the midst of life’s storms are we looking to Jesus? The surreal time we find ourselves in right now shows us the storms of life are unending. Through faith, Peter too was able to walk on water with Jesus. The only problem was that he stopped looking at Jesus, he focused on the storm around him and he began to sink. The lesson is clear: especially when life is a tumultuous storm, we are to keep our focus on Jesus. When the circumstances around us threaten to pull us into deep waters of doubt, may God grant us courage, patience and faith.
I ask you to pray for our Trinity Lutheran School that each child, teacher, and family find their peace in Jesus and His protection.