Matthew 14:24-27 but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately he spoke to them, saying, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear."
Some people have never been afraid (or so they say), some people are afraid, some people will be afraid, and so today it seems good to talk about what you need to know, and what you need to remember. So why do we get afraid? Most of our life we like to think we are in control, and when things happen that remind us that we are not in control, its easy to be afraid.
The disciples knew about storms, at least 4, Peter, Andrew, James and John, were fisherman, and knew about storms and boats and the Sea of Galilee. There was no motor, no life preservers, and the waves beat the boat - they had been rowing almost all night, but had made little progress. It was a frightening situation, it was out of their control.
When things are bad, its not hard to imagine the worst, and to see someone walking on the water, what do you think? It wouldn't be hard to imagine that the end is near. But its not a ghost, its not the end, its Jesus. And having Jesus near should give us hope.
Take heart, have courage - God gives us hope, its not something we need to find in ourselves.
But sometimes we are like Peter, Jesus is near, we find hope, but we trust in ourselves, we think we can do it ourselves, and we begin to sink. Faith is not just trusting Jesus in the storm, but trusting him all the time.