Peter was a risk-taker. When Jesus asked him to walk on water. he stepped out of his boat and his faith was rewarded; he actually walked on water! He was on his way to becoming a super-disciple! The hardest part was behind him; getting out of the boat. Right? Then reality set in. He suddenly realized just how bad the storm was and he began to sink. Matthew 14:30
The same thing happens to us. We begin a new job, start a new relationship, go to college, or begin a family. In the beginning we are filled with hope and excitement; then the reality sets in. We see the wind: Our plans go wrong. People we were counting on let us down. Unexpected conflicts arise. Now, what do you do?
People usually respond to serious problems in one of two ways:
- Many simply are defeated by their circumstances
- Some choose to face the situation and overcome.
I see two life-lessons in this story that will benefit us all.
- Storms have a way of teaching us when nothing else can.
- Sooner or later, you have to turn and face the situation. Sooner or later, you have to run to God.