What kind of nut walks out on the water in a storm? What was Peter thinking and why did Jesus choose to reveal himself like this? Do we ever need to walk into the middle of the storm?
I sometimes wonder what to say when someone says to me, “I am a God-fearing person, why did (insert bad thing here) happen to me?” It’s almost as if they are implying that God was punishing them because they didn’t fear God enough. Does God really want us to be afraid of His presence? Can we help but be afraid? On the Mount of Transfiguration Peter, James and John were literally in the presence of God and fell on their faces in fear. What about us?
I had a seminary professor who used to say that if God’s grace does not challenge us, then we have missed something. In the parable of the Wheat and the Weeds Jesus calls us to a level of patience that is impossible to live into without God’s help.