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Finding Peace

Read Matthew 14: 22-33 - Peter walks on water

I will be your God through all your lifetime, yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and be your Savior. Isaiah 46:4 (TLB)

When Sarah Belote, from Michigan, was in the seventh grade, her mom was diagnosed with a rare disease called fibrosing mediastinitis. A mass in her lung made it hard for her to breathe. She was coughing up blood and could barely walk.

One night Sarah was crying out to God and asking why this was happening to her mom. Her mind turned to today's scripture reading, a passage which begins with wind and waves. The disciples were in a boat, and Jesus came walking toward them on the water. The disciples thought they were seeing a ghost. Peter said, "Lord, if it's you, order me to come to you on the water" (CEB). At Christ's command, Peter took a few steps but then got scared and began to sink.

Like Peter, Sarah was so afraid that she began to doubt God. But God was calling her. Once she was able to let go of her anger and fear, Sarah began to trust that God would sustain her and would not let her sink. God filled Sarah with more peace than she has ever felt.

Sarah's mom later had a stent placed in an airway. The mass was almost gone, and what remained was not harmful. God can settle the wind and the waves. When we trust in God, we can find peace.

Prayer: Dear God, help us find the courage to give our trials to you. Fill us with your peace, in Jesus' name. Amen.


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