And straightway He constrained the disciples to enter into the boat, and to go before Him unto the other side, till He should send the multitudes away. And after He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into the mountain apart to pray: and when even was come, He was there alone. But the boat was now in the midst of the sea, distressed by the waves; for the wind was contrary (Matt 14:22-24)~~ Have you ever felt blown about or battered in the middle of doing exactly what you believe God told you to do? Sometimes following Jesus can take you directly into the heart of a storm. The disciples were simply doing what they had been told to do and wound up in one of the worst nights of their lives. Many of us have discovered, that you can be both in the center of God’s will, and still stuck in what appears to be a no-win situation… like a rock and a hard place. You can’t move forward. You can’t move backwards. You see no legitimate means of escape from the place that God led you straight into. As much as we wish the waters of this life could always be calm, the Bible says otherwise. The Bible is full of stories about people who faced hard times while doing exactly what God wanted them to do. Following Jesus doesn’t mean you will never have to face any storms. Contrary to popular beliefs that are the source of false and misguided hopes, God actually allows storms in our lives in order to reveal Himself to us in a way that we would not have known Him otherwise. But whether or not we benefit from these trials or whether they defeat us depends largely on how we view them and how we respond to God in the middle of them. Being in a trial is never fun. But you don’t have to go through it alone. Wherever your storm may be, you are not alone. Jesus is right there in the worst of it with you and He will see you through it.
And in the fourth watch of the night He came unto them,
walking upon the sea. (Matt 14:25)