I've heard this passage preached from all different angles; but for us, this is what everyday feels like. Every morning when I get up I feel like Peter stepping out of the boat. Every day I get another chance to keep my eyes on Jesus and off of the storm. Some days I do better than others. But I'm learning that when I keep my focus firmly on his eyes I can be in Paradise, even in the middle of the storm.
This is not a whiny "I'm jus' holdin' on 'til the Lord come to rescue me", singing about "Lookin' for that hole in the sky...." or "I'm comin' up on the rough side." No. We have some hard days but we have some mild ones too. We have a lot to be thankful for on all of those days and we are enjoying life. Happiness and joy is all about your focus, no matter who you are.