“ But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage. It is I… don’t be afraid” Matthew 14:27
One day, Jesus told His disciples to get into a boat and go over to the others side where He would later meet them. In the middle of their trip a great storm arose and caused the disciples to be very afraid. It had to be a tremendous storm that caused these experienced fishermen to be fearful. After Jesus spent some time in prayer, he saw the trouble that the disciples were in and He came towards them walking on the water. Now normally, this would be a good thing… Jesus is here to save us and all will be well! But the disciples responded not in gratefulness and peace… but they were terrified! When they saw Jesus walking on the water towards them they cried out in fear, “It’s a ghost!”
I believe that one of the reasons they were fearful and thought Jesus was a ghost is because they weren’t expecting Jesus. Their faith was overshadowed by fear and it affected what they saw. Their fear caused them to focus more on the storm and they missed the presence of Jesus. Their fear convinced them that Jesus didn’t care, that He wouldn’t show up, that He would abandon them and leave them to face the storm alone. The dire situation they faced caused them to forget God’s promise of help and deliverance. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in a time of trouble” Psalm 46:1 “He will call upon me and I will answer him, I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him” Psalm 91:15
In your time of trouble, storms and trials are you expecting Jesus to show up? Does your faith cry out that He is there with you and will never leave you of forsake you? Is your fear and anxiety blinding you to His compassion and presence? Ask God to open your eyes to see Jesus right where you are at. He’s there! Let His words minister to your heart and dispel all fear, worry and doubt. In the middle of your storm, let His words of assurance and compassion fill your soul today… “Take courage… It is I… Don’t be afraid!” It’s going to be ok! See Jesus!