Yesterday, I saw where someone had posted on Facebook, “We not all in the same boat. We’re all in the same storm.” Think about that. . .The last few weeks have definitely been challenging. Some of us lost our jobs. Some started working at home. Some, especially those working in healthcare system, were busier than ever and had overtime. Some people went to the store and came home with $500.00 of paper products, meat, and canned goods, while others went without. No matter what your situation, your life has changed. There is a commercial on TV that just says, “Alone Together.” Those two words don’t normally go together, yet, we all understand what they were trying to get across – everyone as a group – stay home alone! Yes, we are all in “stormy weather.”
This reminds me of two different instances in the New Testament where Jesus and His disciples were caught in a storm. In Matthew 8:23-27, we read of a time where Jesus and His disciples were caught in a violent storm on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus was exhausted from teaching and healing all day and had fallen asleep. The disciples came to Him, woke Him up, saying “Lord, save us: we perish.” Jesus said unto them, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith.” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.” Notice that Jesus did not prevent the storm from occurring, but He went through the storm with His disciples. Friends, He is doing the same for us today. He is with us.
The other time a storm started brewing is recorded in Matthew 14:22-33. Jesus “constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.” (22) During the fourth watch of the night, a storm had risen and the disciple’s ship was in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves; for the wind was contrary.” (24) This time, Jesus wasn’t in the boat with His disciples, but when the storm arose, He came to them, walking on the water. Most people think of this event and concentrate on Peter and his desire to “walk on the water to come to Jesus,” and that was an amazing act of faith, but did you ever think about the fact that in the middle of the storm, Jesus came to them? When we are facing storms in our lives, whether it be due to the weather (tornado, hurricane, flood), due to loss (sickness, death, divorce, job, or even moving somewhere new), or even through the economic challenges and many changes we are facing due to the pandemic, we are not alone for Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. ” (Matthew 28:20)
Friends, whenever Jesus’ disciples were caught in a storm, He was there, even if it meant walking across the sea to get to them. During this difficult storm that we have found ourselves in, I have no doubt that He is also here with us, and that’s why we are “simply blessed,” Courtney