January 22 Calming Words

Photo by Paul Burger

Photo by Paul Burger

Genesis 44:1-45:28;  Matthew 14:13-36;  Psalm 18:37-50;  Proverbs 4:11-13

“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd…When evening came, Jesus was alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.  During the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake they were terrified!  “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear.  But Jesus immediately said to them “Take courage!  It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”  Matthew 14:22-27

Crazy winds they knew

(upsetting times we know)

but walking on water?

That’s not possible,

not normal,

not within the realm

of human understanding

for the disciples

(or us.)

* * * * *

Jesus came to them

(He comes to us)

in their distress

in their faith meltdown

(in our own)

and spoke His Word

“Take Courage!

It is I

Don’t be afraid.”

* * * * *

He calmed the waves

without, within

for them

(for us.)

* * * *

“Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying

“Truly you are the Son of God.”  Matthew 14:33

Lord God, thank you for the believer’s new normal–the realm of faith “normal” that Jesus demonstrated over and over again while he walked this earth–and water!  By your grace and mercy you come to us in the ‘storms’ of our lives and your presence gives us peace–and enable us to ride out our ‘storms.’  Lord, please be with us today, to calm whatever fears may be present, whatever the circumstances may be.  Like the disciples, we acknowledge your power and wisdom and might and to you we give all glory and praise.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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