By Greg Laurie
And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea,
they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear.
Lifeguards know there is danger in saving someone who is drowning, because people panic. More than one lifeguard has lost
his or her life from being drowned by the person they were trying to save. It’s one of the reasons lifeguards use flotation devices. They’re for drowning people to hold on to.
I think sometimes the Lord waits until we’ve
exhausted our resources before He comes through. As the disciples battled a violent storm on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus came to them at the last moment, but when the time was just right, walking on the sea.
Perhaps Jesus walked to them
on the water to show His disciples that the very things they feared—the wind and the waves—were only a staircase for Him to reach them.
The disciples, however, didn’t know it was Jesus, and they cried out in terror. Why
didn’t they recognize Him? I believe it’s because they weren’t looking for Him. God is there, but often we don’t see Him because we aren’t looking for Him. And we never will know Jesus as deeply as we can until He comes to us
in the midst of a storm in our lives.
Someone once asked me what the most spiritual moment of my life was, the moment when I sensed God’s presence more tangibly than any other time. That moment was right after my son Christopher
died. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, but that is when God manifested His presence to me in such a tangible way. My wife and my son Jonathan have told me it was the same for them.
God came to us in a way that was unique, carrying
us through. He gave us what we needed when we needed it. And He will do the same for you.