Sunday, January 23, 2011

Calming the Storm


One of my favorite scripture stories is when Peter tries to walk on water to get to Christ. At first Peter was fine, but as he noticed what was going on around him and saw the waves and wind he became afraid, began to doubt, and sank. He called out for Jesus to save him. Christ reached down and brought Peter out of the storm. I love this scripture because life may be going along just fine, but then the "waves" start crashing in around us and we may lose our focus on the Savior for just a moment as we get caught up in our problems. When we pray and ask for help, our Savior will be there to lift us up out of our stormy times by giving us strength and courage and comfort to calm our story seas. When you feel like you are sinking; reach up!

And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

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