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The Perfect Storm

January 27, 2012

It was a short prayer, a plead for life. It wasn’t prestigious; it wasn’t righteous or haughty. It was desperate: “Lord, save me!” Peter began walking on water toward Jesus during a furious storm when he began to sink. Immediately, he cried out to Jesus, “Lord!” Peter knew Jesus personally—he knew Him as Lord. He wanted only one thing: for his life to be saved. He was stricken with fear during a violent storm; he was paralyzed with the very thought of dying in the black of the night in the dark waters.

“Lord, save me!”

Have you cried out during a storm, “Lord!” Have you been stricken with fear? Paralyzed in the dark of the night?

During a storm, do you cry out to God or curse His Name? Does a storm push you to your knees or whither your faith? Does a storm control you with fear or are you confident in the One who controls the storm?

How long did it take for Jesus to answer Peter?

Immediately.

Jesus immediately reached out His hand and caught Peter.

Can you see Jesus’ hand reaching out in the darkness of your storm? Are you reaching out your hand to grasp a hold of His? Are you letting Jesus “catch” you like He caught Peter?

Throughout the entire storm, Jesus was with the disciples. He never left them—and He’ll never leave you. He is with you in the storm, even though it may feel like He is silent. But in His still, quiet way, He is reaching out. Jesus immediately responds when you call upon His Name.

What was the result for Peter and the other disciples? They fully—and finally—discovered WHO Jesus was: the Son of God. Why does God bring the storms in your life? So you can know Him. So you will know He is there, that He is reaching out to you, and that He will catch you.

“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. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’ And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’ ”
Matthew 14:30-33 (NIV)

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Ashley Kerth permalink
    January 27, 2012 9:17 am

    Christi~ This is THE BEST post I have ever read. How true! You have really awakened me to my relationship with God, and to call out for Jesus immediately when I need Him. I love this, and I love you. Thank you for this.

  2. January 27, 2012 10:20 am

    Wow! Beautiful Christi
    I loved it – we all need Christ’s helping hand in the storm
    God Bless
    susie

  3. January 27, 2012 6:53 pm

    I’ve been crying out to God a lot recently, and I can honestly say that He is EVER faithful and EVER true. I am so thankful to know that I am a child of God and He will never let me go through any storm alone!

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