Posted by: TLC Fellowship | December 3, 2012

We Are Not Alone During the Storm

By Pastor Cottrell King, Assistant Pastor at TLC Fellowship

22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. 23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. 24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”   ~ Matthew 14:22-27

The year 2004, I thought, was one of the most trying times for my family and me. I was laid off my job after seventeen years of dedicated service. A couple of weeks later, my wife was also laid off from her job where she had been employed for sixteen years.

Society has trained us to believe that accomplishments and material things measure our success throughout life. This was a time for us to redirect our focus totally on God and for us to remember that material things are temporary; but God’s presence is everlasting. We had to realize that these were life’s waves and that waves do not last forever.

God always has a creative way of getting our attention. Sometimes it can be more painful than others. While being unemployed, our perspective on life changed. It helped put into perspective even more that a big house, a new car or truck and other material things were not important. These things can sometimes block our vision of God. Verse 26 reminds us not to take our focus off Jesus because in His return we will not recognize Him.

By the grace of God, a year later, I was rehired by the company where I was laid off and a new employer hired my wife. During this transition, our priorities changed. This was a time for us to increase our prayer time and work on our relationship with God. I see this as a blessing in the midst of a storm. Storms are used for times of reflection of how God can appear; calm the storm and how He will bless you during the process.

During this holiday season and economically challenging times, I don’t know what storm you are going through or may be entering, but what I do know is that you are not alone because Christ says, “I am here!”

Prayer:  Dear Lord, as we enter in and out of storms in our lives, we need You. Sometimes when storms are coming and waves are raging, we lose focus. Today we ask for strength in the midst of the storms and waves in our lives, so that we will recognize You nearby or at a distance. Amen


Responses

  1. Thanks Pastor King! I needed to read this–TODAY!!

  2. Isn’t it amazing how God always gives us sometimes gentle and sometimes not so gentle reminders that He is always with us and that He will never, ever leave us! Thanks Pastor King for your reminder of God’s faithfulness to us!


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