Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. 1 Peter 1:8
This past week has been a really long week. I can count on two hands the number of people I know who are facing really difficult life situations that are completely out of their control. Sometimes life feels that way… completely out of control.
At the beginning of the week, the Lord reminded me of the story of Peter walking on water. (Matthew 14:22-33) Just to refresh your memory… The story takes place on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus’ disciples get into a boat to cross the lake when a strong storm arises. Jesus comes to them walking on water; they are frightened believing He is a ghost. Jesus tells the men, “Take courage. It is I. Do not be afraid.” (v. 27) Peter steps out onto the water, which is a huge act of faith. It allows him to experience God in a way that no-one else had. Peter walks towards Jesus, but when he turns his eyes away noticing the storm around him, he begins to sink. Jesus reaches out his hand and catches him saying “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
I think God is telling us the same thing in hard situations: Take courage. I am God. Do not be afraid. Do not doubt me. When we focus on the wind and waves in our own life and the circumstances that seem insurmountable, they cause anxiety, fear, turmoil, and confusion. All of which are not from God. The enemy loves it when we get distracted and stop focusing on God. When we fix our eyes on God, we remember who is in control. The world is in the hands of a loving, all knowing and all seeing, sovereign Father.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying God makes everything perfect. Hard situations are still hard situations, but we can have HOPE. We can have hope because even in the midst of the waves we are standing right with God allowing him to hold us and pull us out of the water.
He gives us strength, courage, and peace when we don’t know what the future holds. He brings healing when we don’t know if it’s possible. He works forgiveness and reconciliation when it’s not in our nature to do so. He repairs the unrepairable. He makes the waiting and unknown a little more bearable. And when we take our eyes off Jesus and get scared, He’s right there to reach for our hand so that we can walk with Him.
We have a living hope! Although we can’t see Him, He’s working all around us. Place your faith in Him. Look to Him. Open your heart to Him. Love Him. Fix your eyes on the only One who can calm the wind and the waves.