John 6:19 (NLT)
They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified.
In life, there are two kinds of storms. We encounter storms that correct us and teach us lessons we wouldn’t have learned otherwise. And we encounter storms that develop us and make us grow. When we’re out of alignment with God, He sends storms into our lives to show us the error of our ways. But sometimes, when we’re following His path, He allows us to go through storms that teach us how to trust.
Such is the case here. The disciples were not out of the will of God. But they were in a storm for the precise reason that they were in the will of God. Jesus told them to get into the boat, and they obeyed. In their obedience to Jesus, they found themselves in a position to learn something more of the Master. Jesus wanted them to grow, to develop, to overcome fear, and to learn how to trust Him.
Is it any wonder that we learn very little from pleasure, but we learn so much in sorrow. We grow in trouble, we find strength in weakness, we learn in pain, and we develop in the dark. It is in our darkest, most difficult moments that we learn to trust God. When we get to the point of trust, we begin to embrace every situation as either a lesson or a blessing.
“The Bible never once says, ‘Figure it out.’ But over and over it says, ‘Trust God.’ He’s already got it all figured out.”