What I Read Today;
Romans 14, Matthew 14, Isaiah 14, Job 14, Joshua 14, Genesis 14
Today in Matthew 14, we read the story of Jesus walking on water and Peter sinking like a rock. We like to focus on Peter’s failure, but I think there is a part of the story that we miss.
In 1991 my family and I were stationed at KI Sawyer AFB in Gwinn, Michigan. We spent a lot of time traveling from Gwinn to our parents’ homes in southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. We would drive Michigan’s state highway M-35 until we reached US Highway 41, which would take us through Escanaba, Michigan, along Lake Michigan until we reached Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Scattered along the Michigan coastline, you will find several lighthouses. Some are even still in use today. In days before Sonar and GPS, these lighthouses would provide a beacon that would prevent sailors from running their ships aground and a guide to lead them safely to a dock.
Navigating the raging storms on the Great Lakes can be extremely dangerous. During these dark and stormy nights, sailors would be on the lookout for these beacons to guide them back home.
This year has been a constant storm. COVID-19, political upheaval, unemployment, and civil unrest have left many people stressed and filled with worry. Our world will always have storms and turmoil.
Jesus is our beacon during the storms of our lives. As we struggle to navigate our lives through this world, it is only with the peace that Jesus brings that we can continue to move forward. We can view him through the gift of his word. When we refocus our view on Jesus, he will safely guide our lives back to the safe harbor.