by M. Jolaine Szymkowiak

Walking Through the Storm, a Matter of Faith
M. Jolaine Szymkowiak
Matthew 14:22-33
February 25, 2008

During our lifetimes, we will have experienced the storms of wars, the storms that evolve around the death of family members and friends, tragic illnesses and crises of all kinds. We have experienced the horror of Oklahoma bombings, two attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, school shootings, the destitution and disregard for life present in our cities suburban and urban areas. We have been through one hurricane after another, one tornado and earthquake after another and yet survived. We seem surrounded at times by the many storms of life, emotionally, physically and mentally.

The disciples found themselves in one of those sudden weird storms on the Sea of Galilee. They had followed Jesus instructions and had gone ahead, launched their small boat and were now some distance from shore. The winds coming down the canyons to the sea were fierce and quite a storm was around them. They felt very alone, frightened and tired. When our storms come, we usually find ourselves battling them all alone not knowing what to do, nor in this instance did they.

A lot had happened to the disciples this particular day. They were still new in their walk with Jesus. Just that morning they had heard that John the Baptist had been beheaded. Jesus had that day fed the five thousand. Now they had been battling a storm at sea since they left Jesus to dismiss the crowds. Many things happened that day they found hard to comprehend.

Now the disciples could not believe what their eyes saw. What but a ghost would walk upon water. To test what they heard in Jesus reply, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear," Peter answers, "Lord, if it is you, bid me to come to you on the water." Jesus says, "Come."

Peter focuses on Jesus and is out of the boat walking toward Jesus. As the storm continues to blow about him, now out of th ...

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