Reflection on our lives reveals that we have overcome many obstacles. The last challenge was just resolved, and now another stormy trial has come into our lives. A storm may include the loss of our jobs, finances, health, relationships, marriages, and even the death of a loved one.
It’s just too much! We feel overwhelmed with the present and unexpected life events. Our reaction of anxiety or anger to this storm [sometimes called a wilderness experience] can open the door leading to the emotional chaos of fear, worry, anxiety, sadness, and depression.
It is natural for our emotions to escalate at disproportionate levels when we perceive our hardships as impossible. Nevertheless, these negative emotions leave us spiritually disoriented, forgetting that God is in control. Trials, sorrows, and difficulties are designed to give us spiritual growth and dependency on God. Without faith, we cannot please God or believe in His promises.
Our Heavenly Father continues to allow the storms to redirect our focus to Him. Our faith must be unrealistic. Not looking at our circumstances, but to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Remember, we are never alone. Jesus is with us in every stormy trial.
When the disciples were in the boat, fearing for their lives, Jesus appeared to them by walking on the water. “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27). Peter stepped out on the water but became distracted by the raging waves. He began to sink because he took his eyes off of Jesus.
The human effort of faith and trust and Jesus’ Divine intervention always ends in victory! During the challenges of a raging storm, Jesus is saying, “Come to Me.” Yes, brothers and sisters, “Go Ahead! Walk on the Water. © Sonya D. Johnson 2022