“But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’” Matthew 14:27 (NIV)
Do you ever cry out to God to save you from an oncoming storm? You can see the clouds darkening on the horizon and know something is coming and out of desperation you cry out for protection and ask God to save you from the threat to your peace, safety, and maybe even your life. But He doesn’t. The storm comes. You hold onto your boat. You fight to steer it, to save it, to make it through. You feel like you’re about to go under and you cry out again and again for protection from the storm. Then you see Him. Walking with you in the storm. You reach out. He invites you to stop trying to control the sea. His face is so calm, so peaceful in contrast with the rolling waves. As you leave the safety of the boat, you realize it was never going to save you. It was never enough to protect you. Your only chance at safety and protection is where He is. As you take your first step you focus on His eyes; kind eyes filled with love. You focus on His hand in yours; strong hands with a permanent reminder of the lengths He was willing to go to for you to come home. You focus on His smile; delighted to be with you again. Your heart is glad because He is protecting you in the storm rather than from the storm.
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