If you’re signed up for my email list, perhaps you remember how in my August Update I briefly talked about how the body of Christ must fix our eyes on Jesus in the middle of the storm. I also mentioned it inspired me to expand upon this in a blog post. So here it is.
Though I haven’t talked about it much on my social media or in my emails. I’m coming out of what has been a very rough season for me. Long story short, I’ve had health issues that were initially diagnosed as vertigo, but ended up being a cortisol regulation issue likely brought on by stress of what was a very restrictive lock down where I lived and my job. I also later lost that job due to restructuring, which, of course, meant more stress. Almost everyone I know or have met has had at least one thing go on top of all the turmoil in the world already happening. As Christians, we know Jesus has got this and yet sometimes it’s hard not to focus on our problems or the world. It’s even harder if we feel a burden for the problems of other friends and family who don’t have Jesus to lean on.
After all, in the middle of the storm, it’s hard not to focus on the surrounding chaos. I’m sure the disciples could relate, especially Peter, in Matthew 14:22-33:
“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. After he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain by himself to pray. When evening had come, he was there alone. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, distressed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ‘It’s a ghost!’ and they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Cheer up! It is I! Don’t be afraid.’
Peter answered him and said, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the waters.’
He said, ‘Come!’
Peter stepped down from the boat and walked on the waters to come to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got up into the boat, the wind ceased. Those who were in the boat came and worshipped him, saying, ‘You are truly the Son of God!’
Peter had the confidence when he saw it was Jesus walking on the water to try to do the same. For a while he was able, but when Peter focused on how strong the wind was instead of fixing his eyes on Jesus, he started to sink. This is why it’s important to fix our eyes on Jesus as we go about modeling Him for the world as we live our lives and doing the tasks He commands us.
If we don’t we too may sink into the chaos around us and feel helpless like Peter. However, Peter had enough awareness to ask Jesus for help when he realized he was sinking. So if we should sub come to fear and take our eyes off Jesus us in this season or any other, it is important to cry out as Peter did so Jesus can rescue us. No matter how strong the storm is, the one who can calm the storm is within us and He has given us the authority that comes with His name.