PASTOR'S PEN: Reaching out in the storm

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Courtesy photo/Ron Witbeck

Within the pages of our Bibles, we’re told of Jesus walking on the water, approaching the disciples in the midst of a storm, fearing for their lives. Jesus tried to reassure them not to be afraid, Peter’s response was “Lord if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 

Jesus then told Peter to come to Him and Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water. Then, realizing that the winds were still boisterous, also feeling the waves that were beating against him, created fear and doubt causing his eyes to be taken off of Jesus. Peter then began to sink into the sea, he turned back to Jesus and said ‘Lord save me!’ 

“And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” and when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” — Matthew 14:31.

We more than likely will not find ourselves in the middle of a sea fearing it could consume us, but like Peter, do we question Jesus actually being there for us! Could we find ourselves also saying “Lord if it is You” help us to walk above not under the pressures of life. If we take our eyes off of Jesus, allowing the circumstances (storms) to be greater than our trust, we can begin to sink because of those fears consuming us.

With every storm that we see happening within our own country, not to mention those of the world, where do we find peace? Some of these things are out of our control, but we can by the power of prayer and ‘reaching out’  to God who can calm our waters and allow us again to be at rest in the safety we once enjoyed!   

‘Reaching out.’

Let’s go to our knees, saying ‘Lord save us,’ resting in the calming of His presence as He steps into our lives (boats) rebuking the storms that surround us, sometimes trying to consume us.

I think each of us have storms in our lives that, if allowed, could steal our peace or hope. I like the Words of Jesus found in Matthew 11:28-30.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

We all should be ‘Reaching Out’ to the only One who can provide us with more than we can imagine!

— Ron Witbeck is an associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.