Below is an excerpt of a feature story in the March 2015 edition of Good News Cleveland magazine.
Springtime is just around the corner. Blooming flowers, fresh green leaves, dogwoods and perfect temperatures are welcomed signs after a winter of polar dips, snowflakes, and black ice.
While we always look forward to this wonderful respite from the harshness of winter, the time of transition between the seasons is often quite extreme. Polar dips and icy streets give way to severe storms and tornado warnings. Many times the transition period between the seasons is worse than what we experienced throughout the entire previous season.
Just as the seasonal transition from winter to spring can bring storms and unsettled weather, managing the tension between the old and new seasons in our lives often prove to be an anxious task.
In the Acts of the Apostles, we read of the miraculous exploits that the Apostle Peter performed throughout the years immediately following Jesus’ ascension. Flip backward a couple of books, however, and you’ll see a different picture of the same man–a disciple referred to as Simon.
To call his transition from Simon the fisherman to Peter the Apostle tumultuous would be an understatement.
After answering the call of Jesus, abruptly leaving his business as a professional fisherman, Simon became one of the Messiah’s most devoted followers. Simon was, in fact, the first of the disciples to publicly recognize the deity of Jesus. Simon was also the first and only disciple to actually get out of the boat to walk on the water in the midst of a howling rainstorm. However, his focus on the overwhelming height of the waves rather than the beckoning hand of the Master caused him to sink underneath the weight of his immature faith…
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