DVSafe in the StormMatthew 14:22-33And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" —Matthew 14:31How do the following words reverberate in you?
"All my heart was full of misery and woe;
Jesus plac'd His strong and loving arms about me,
And He led me in the way I ought to go."
—from "No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus" by C.F. Weigle
On a cold winter night, my husband was reading the Bible and I was listening to a CD titled Peace in the Midst of the Storm. It was playing the hymn, "No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus." At the very same hour, a winter storm was brewing fiercely outside. The cold, blusterous wind was blowing strong and the snow came flying down from heaven like cotton, making all visibility very low. But in our bedroom it was warm, quiet, and calm.
The scene reminded me of the time when Jesus was walking on the lake in the dark of night, out towards his disciples’ boat. When the disciples saw Him on the waters, they cried out in fear thinking they had seen a ghost. The Lord immediately told them not to be afraid. His words calmed them down. Then Peter said to Jesus: "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." His wish was granted. As Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on the water towards Jesus, his eyes were fixed on the Lord. But when Peter looked away from the Lord, he saw the wind and became afraid. He began to sink and cried out, "Lord, save me!"
This is the shortest prayer we can say in times of danger or tribulation. It is also the sincerest and most earnest prayer. As humans, when we are in the midst of a storm, we usually use our own methods to try and solve the problem. A lot of times we are so engrossed in dealing with the problem that we forget about God and His presence. He is the One whom we can depend on totally, and yet too often forget. That is probably why at times we deserve to be called "You of little faith," because we look away from God just as Peter did.
"Lord, save me!" is a short but powerful prayer. When you are at the end of the tunnel and are about to give up hope, do not forget to offer such a prayer to our Lord in heaven. Your prayer will be heard.