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The Challenging Storm (Poem)

Matt 14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

Jesus, Our Lord, sent the multitudes away,
Then went up into the mountain to pray.

Into the midst of the sea, his disciples were sent forth in a ship,
The winds came with their strength, and the waves began to whip.

In that moment, fear embraced the troubled crew,
As what they believed was a spirit appeared in their view.

Suddenly, a caring voice rose above the power of the storm and its fear.
It was Jesus, wishing His disciples to “be of good cheer.”

In that moment, Peter called out to Him who walked upon the sea,
And Jesus bid him to come out onto the water to thee.

Peter stepped out onto the water, and began to tread it with his feet,
His faith focused on the Lord, was what was required for them to meet.

However, the wind had not ceased to be a challenging foe,
It sent a chilling fear to Peter with a boisterous blow.

That was all it took. Peter cried out, “Save me” as the water tried to pull him under.
Jesus stretched out His hand and rescued him from his doubtful blunder.

After the rescue, Jesus questioned Peter’s lack of faith, and doubt.
For this is not what trusting in the Lord is about.

Together they rejoined their friends in the ship.
Then the wind bowed its strength and ceased its testing whip.

The men gathered in agreement, such as an approving nod.
As they worshiped the Truth, knowing they were in the presence of the Son of God.


As I wrote this one of the things that really stood out to me was that it was actually Peter’s idea. He was even successful until he allowed the voice of the creation to distract him over the call of his Creator. Even still, Jesus was with him. Peter doubted, but it wasn’t a total failure. He at least tried stepping out in the faith, even into a storm, and it was by no means the end of Peter. The Lord simply picked him up so he could try again, and that he did.

Peter 14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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  1. An example of what can happen when we take our eyes off the Lord. The sound of many voices, distractions, emotions, fearful thoughts are just as powerful as the crashing waves that throw us off our focus. It is calling for our attention and we can drown out God’s voice. What happened to Peter in the physical realm is an example of what can happen in the spiritual realm. The Lord is gracious to correct us and will put our feet back on the right path when we turn and look on Him.
    A poignant message to grasp. Thanks!

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