Matthew 14:26-27 (KJV)

“And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.’ “

Storms tend to traumatize us and make us feel vulnerable…so much so, that any news of another storm can create fear and panic.

In 2015, the one-in-a-thousand year flood that we experienced in South Carolina left us devastated. Additionally, during that time, I experienced my own personal storm that could have been fatal. However, in the midst of it all, God reassured me that He was with me, and that I would be okay.

With all the recent storms, we can somewhat relate to Jesus’ disciples, who encountered a storm as they traveled across the Sea of Galilee.

With powerful waves beating against their boat, they thought that the end was near. Seeing what they thought was a ghost reaffirmed their superstition about death. However, in their darkest moment, they heard the reassuring words of Jesus saying, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”

Beloved, be encouraged…for we’re not alone in Harvey, Irma, or any storm…because God is with us!





Pastor Wayne Penn, Sr.