He will Catch You

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”  Matthew 14:22-33

Have you ever had the events of your life swirling around you so big that you felt as if you were sinking under the weight of them?

In the scripture above Peter could see Jesus in front of him walking on water. He looks to me to be so focused on Jesus as he stepped out of the boat that he did not think much about the wind that was swirling around him.   Unfortunately as he started across the water he began to notice the wind and even though he could still see Jesus right in front of him he began losing his focus on Him.  Peter then became frightened, which then caused him to begin to sink.

Has this ever happened to you?

Some days I have felt like I was so focused on Jesus that nothing could ever cause me to lose sight of Him, but then out of nowhere the storms of life start to swirl around me.  The more the storms swirl the more I find myself thinking about how big and scary they are and forgetting how big and strong my Jesus is.  When this happens within a matter of seconds I have found myself beginning to sink even though Jesus was standing right in front of me the whole entire time.

Thankfully just as he did with Peter, Jesus has reached out his hand to catch me…not just once, but many many times.

No matter how strong the storms of life may become thankfully no storm is ever to big for Jesus.

Do you find yourself feeling as if you are sinking today?

Remember that  Jesus will never leave you.

He will not let you sink,

He is right there beside you reaching out his hand to catch you.

Put your trust in Him and let his peace calm your storm today.

 

 

He is Here

I waited patiently on the Lord

And He came to me like a great light

I felt His strength and power washing over me

Yet His touch was so gentle.

Soothing and comforting

Calming the crashing of the storm

Bringing peace

I waited for Him and He came

Though I know He was never gone

Jeremiah 29:11-13   For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 

No matter what you are going through today know you are not alone.   Jesus is right there beside you ready to wrap His loving arms around you.  Trust in Him and He will give you what you need to sustain you through this day.  There is no better place to be than in His loving arms.

Have a blessed day,

T

It Did Not End In the Grave

John 20:20-22

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripturethat Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. ~  

 

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Happy Easter!