So last Sunday, I preached on the concept that in our darkest moments, in our greatest struggles God is with us. That it is through these struggles that we emerge stronger and with more faith. We might emerge with a few scars - but that is life and they only serve as a reminder of what we are capable of -- or maybe more importantly what we are able to do WITH God.
I have also always felt that doubting is OK - for without a doubter there isn't someone to question our faith / why we do things / and challenge us. We need those things to be able to embark on a true journey with Christ. So why then when Jesus was walking on the water did he tease and get angry with Peter from doubting?? Why did Jesus say to Peter - You of little faith? Why didn't he go over to Peter stretch out his hands and help Peter get up and continue walking on water? Peter wanted so badly to be like Jesus and yet time and again he falls short. Is this a metaphor for the fact that we humans will time and time again fall short but Jesus will still be there? Or was Peter really lacking in such faith that Jesus had to call him out on it?
Or is there a third possibility? For it was the FEAR - it was the waves and the storm that arose and gave way to fear that caused Peter to fall. It wasn't that he didn't have enough faith but that he let the fear of what could happen get in his way of faithfully following Christ - of staying on the path that God lead before him. And doesn't this happen in our own lives that we just can't always stay on that path - that we deny the path that God has for us in FEAR - fear of failing, fear of falling, fear of God himself?
So this week, think over that keeps you from having fear. For God is not fear, or storms, or pain but God can be found in them. God is the calm with the storm - God is the silence that we let still our presence long enough to take in our surroundings. God is the breath we breathe.
And that is why the Palms put it so nicely - Be Sill and Know that I'm God. AMEN