“The boat was by this time out on the sea, many furlongs, beaten and tossed by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.” Matthew 14:24-25 ->me: This story about Jesus walking out to the boat on the crazy water during the storm is one of my all time favorite stories – there is so much here!! Let’s take some things here, one by one. 1) The boat was a mile or so off shore. It says that the boat was ‘many’ furlongs from shore (a furlong is about 1/8 of a mile) – out of view. 2) The boat was being beaten and tossed by the wind and waves and the wind was against where they were trying to go. 3) In the fourth watch (between 3am and 6am in the morning) He came within viewing distance of the boat (had to be close since the weather was so crazy) – remember Jesus had been praying since the previous evening after sending the throngs of people home. TAKEAWAYS: Jesus knows when I am in trouble even if I can’t see Him. When I am under tribulation and trial, Jesus comes walking in on my problems. I love this picture that Jesus is above the fray and He can even use the crazy waves as a transport to get to those He loves. He doesn’t take the waves and wind away, He comes to join and comfort them in storm. It may be God’s will that I ride out a storm in my life but when I see Jesus walking in on the trouble plaguing me, I can rest in the comfort that He is in control. I can weather the storm in peace because He is there…NOTHING can pluck me from His hand.