by Andrew Sbarra

Being a middle school teacher and a parent of a four-year-old and a four week old has its challenges. Now, add the responsibilities of being a husband, career, and add Long Island rush-hour to the mix, and it’s no wonder that I feel my patience running out. Life becomes so chaotic that you can feel like you are sinking; sinking physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

This overwhelming feeling reminded me of a time when someone else was sinking:

“Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! ” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?””
Matthew‬ ‭14:24-31‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Our moments of impatience and weariness are simply a result of our doubts and inability to focus on Christ. Remember to take a moment, even for a minute, to be still and know that He is God, and know He is in control in the midst of the chaos.