But when he (Peter) saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Matthew 14:30-31
Storms can be a frightening experience, but storms on a lake can up the fear factor. I remember a time as a boy, when my dad took the family out boating in upstate New York. The day started out beautiful and we were all excited to be spending the day together. I was a little worried about my mom since she was afraid of water and couldn’t swim, but we boarded the small boat and set sail for a fun day. Without warning the weather changed suddenly and a storm blew up out of nowhere. The waves were crashing violently against the boat which was rocking us from side to side. We were all frightened, but my dad remained calm and got us safely back to shore. As I think back on that event, the storm was so severe that in all reality the boat should have flipped throwing all six of us over into the deep dark waters. I realize now that only through the prayer of others, and even my own childish prayer, was our family spared. Going through this storm as a family and being able to share our thoughts and feelings during and after the storm, brought some comfort and unity. The same is true for our church family. We are all navigating life together and we need encouragement, prayer, and unity as a family in order to safely make it to the other shore. Let us pray daily for one another.
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us and saving us. We are grateful too that you are more than willing to help us through all of life’s storms. You did not leave us as orphans to try and figure out how to make it to the other shore; instead you are our anchor and the One we trust. Lord, unite us as your people to be intentional in praying and encouraging one another. In Jesus Name, Amen
- Lonnie Ray- Reveal Ministries Consulting, Executive Pastor- Brookstone Church