I read The Bible Almanac nightly as preparation for prayer. It's a large, thick book--as you would imagine it to be--so I've been many, many months reading through it. I'm now in the chapter on Jesus. Currently, I'm reading the last of Jesus's three ministries the authors identify. The writers's summary account of these ministries is unbelievably pleasing in a way that's difficult to pinpoint. Perhaps it is because the man Jesus on the page is as if he were living as I read. Which, unwittingly, brings me to my reason for the blog this morning.
Matthew 14: 22-36 and Mark 6: 45-56 tell of the night the disciples were in a boat in a raging storm when they saw a figure walking on the water toward the boat. They thought the figure was a ghost and started screaming but Jesus calmed them when he spoke, telling them not to be afraid. Peter then asked the Lord that if it were truly him, have Peter walk to him on water as well. Jesus said for Peter to come and so Peter started walking to Jesus. "But when he noticed the strong wind, he was afraid and started to sink down in the water. 'Save me, Lord!' he cried. At once Jesus reached out and grabbed hold of him and said, 'What little faith you have! Why did you doubt?'"
Reading the summary of the story in The Bible Almanac, I realized that underlying the water, the boat, the storm, the fear was the power of Jesus to calm us and save us in any situation where we think we are drowning. I was moved to tears realizing that and want desperately to remember it.