I read the story of the storm that arose while Peter and the disciples were on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had just miraculously fed over 5000 men and women. The disciples had been faithfully following and obeying Jesus. Afterwards, Jesus made the disciples go ahead of Him by boat to Bethsaida while He dismissed the crowd, then He went to pray.
The skies were dark as pitch, but the trip was to be uneventful, straight from shore to shore, a trip they had taken many times before. In midst of an uneventful normal shore to shore trip, a storm rose and carried them away from normal right into a horrific event. These experienced fishermen were tossed toward the middle of the sea, far from the safety of the shore and the Savior.
Sometimes, even though we faithfully follow and obey the Lord, we are tossed into the middle of storm. We struggle. It’s dark. The winds of life’s storm come crashing against us. We are far from the safety of our normal shoreline. Sometimes we wonder if our Savior sees us.
The fisherman could not see Jesus, but Jesus could see them. Mark 6:48, “He saw the disciples straining at the oars…”
Sweet sister, have you been faithfully serving and obeying the Lord, only to be tossed into the middle of an unexpected storm? Are you far from the safety of your shore wondering if the Lord even sees you?
He sees you straining. He sees the struggles you are facing. Just as He walked across the tossing Sea of Galilee to calm the storm that rose against them, He will calm the storm that has risen against you. (and me.)
How do I know?
“You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.” Psalm 139:5 (NLT)
The Bible tells me so.