“Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” - Matthew 14:27
If there is one thing for certain, it is that we will have storms in our life. Job said it this way in Job 14:1, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” My Dad once said, “we are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or going into a storm”. The hurricanes this year caught my attention and I began to study a few things about the eye of the storm. Matthew 14:27 says, “it is I; be not afraid.” The context of the scripture here is the disciples found themselves in a major storm. Jesus comes to them and begins to speak to them. He was the “I” of the storm!
The eye is the center of the storm. When we think about the storms in our life, it sure is good to know that Jesus can be in the center of our storm. These disciples were afraid of losing their lives. You will also find that it was during the night. When it seems the darkest, and you think you are almost at the end of your road, it’s good to know that Jesus can be in the center of your storm!
The eye is the controller of the storm. The eye controls where the storm goes. As I think about this and relate it to the storms in our lives, it sure is good to know that Jesus, the “I” in the storm, controls what’s going on. There have been times in my life that I really wondered if God was anywhere around! The disciples in Matthew 14 no doubt thought that Jesus had forgotten about them; but I promise you, He knew exactly where they were. You see it is the “I” that controls the storms of our lives.
The eye is the calm of the storm. “The eye is a region of mostly calm weather at the center of strong tropical cyclones. The eye of a storm is a roughly circular area, typically 30–65 km (20–40 miles) in diameter. It is surrounded by the eyewall, a ring of towering thunderstorms where the most severe weather and highest winds occur.” (Wikipedia) I find it interesting that the most severe weather is just before reaching the eye of the storm. You may feel that you are going down for the last time and the storm is about to take you out. I have really, really good news!!! You may be getting ready to find the “I” of the storm. The very thing that Peter feared in this passage of scripture, he ended up walking on!
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” -Louisa May Alcott
You can read the whole story in Matthew 14:22-33.