Jesus says to us what he said to the disciples on the stormy sea.  “It is I!  Don’t be afraid” (John 6:20).

The literal translation of what Jesus said is “I AM; don’t be afraid.”  I AM.  That’s God’s name.  When we wonder if God is coming, he answers with his name, “I AM!”  When we wonder if he is able, he declares, “I AM.”  When we see nothing but darkness, feel nothing but doubt, and wonder if God is near or aware, the welcome answer from Jesus is this: “I AM!”

Pause for a moment and let him tell you his name.  Your greatest need is his presence.  Yes, you want this storm to pass.  Yes, you want the winds to still.  But yes, yes, yes, you want to know, need to know, and must know that the great I AM is near. Remember, friends, you are never alone.