Faith through the Storm

As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.

– Luke 8:23

Normally, the rocking rhythm of a boat on the water would put Peter right to sleep. A fisherman before he gave it all up to follow Jesus, he was used to rough nights on the water.

But there was something different about this storm.

There was an eerie feeling in his gut that Peter just could not shake. He glanced around to see the other disciples talking among themselves.

Through the driving rain, Peter began to wonder where Jesus was. Peter looked around and was astounded at what he saw. There was his Jesus, sleeping as peacefully as a baby! Didn’t He see what was happening?!

He wastes no time, grabbing onto Jesus’ shoulder. He shakes him forcefully. “We’re about to drown here!” His urgency is unmistakable.

Jesus immediately rises and calms the storm. “Where is your faith?” he asks in the sudden silence.

When we encounter storms in life—like a serious diagnosis, the death of a friend, or the

abandonment of a loved one—it can feel like we are going to drown. The pain is threatening to take us under, and we doubt we will survive that rip tide.

It is in these moments that we are tempted to doubt and say, “Are you asleep at the wheel, Jesus?”

But just as Jesus proved He was in control of the wind and waves that night, He is in control of your storm, too. The pain will not last forever, and the skies will clear again. God is holding onto you today, beloved.

On April 9th, 2010, I was on a deployment in Afghanistan. This night was a complete storm for me. There was an accident that changed many lives forever. It has taken awhile for me to see the storm that had taken place that night, has a silver lining. As tragic as that night was, God has shown me that love for others cannot be destroyed. Those of us that are blessed to continue His mission, get to pick each other up when we are down. We get to love and support those going through their own storms, just as Christ helped His disciples on the boat.

To learn more about that night in Afghanistan, please visit

Veterans Prayer

God, help me see through my storms. Sometimes, I focus on the storm rather than on Your power. Help me to rest in Your embrace today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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