Walking on Water
Walking on Water
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s You,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to You on the water.”
“Come,” He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught Him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?”
However, I am sure that we all know what it feels like to feel confident, or at least relatively comfortable. Peter was safe and dry inside the boat; he felt so confident that he called out to Jesus and said, “Tell me to come to you on the water.”
But once he got out of the boat and into the water and the winds, Peter began to doubt. Thoughts were likely racing through his mind: I am only human. I can’t do this. It’s impossible. And with these, Peter began to sink. The solid ground beneath his feet began to sink and Peter’s doubt intensified.
Have you ever felt like that? As if the ground is sinking beneath your feet and you are afraid you are going under the waves, never to breathe again? It’s more than just being scared. This is a fear so great that you are barely surviving day to day. It consumes your thoughts and forces you to question your every action. I am only human. I can’t do this. It’s impossible.
In one of the most terrifying moments of his life, Peter calls out to Jesus: “Lord, save me!”
God, You are our protector and our comforter. It is only through You that we may walk on water. Dear Lord, I lift up everyone who is suffering and in pain, anyone who feels lost or broken, as if they are sinking beneath the waves with no oxygen in their lungs. I pray that they may feel Your serenity and know that You are with them. Lord, help them find their way out of the waves and into Your loving embrace for You are our ultimate Savior.
And as the Bible says, Jesus immediately reached out His hand and caught Peter. Jesus will always reach out and catch us. We are not alone, even on our worst days. Surely, Peter felt helpless as his feet fell into the waves, but Jesus was right there. He was just waiting for Peter to ask for help. And when he did, Jesus saved him.
If you are sinking right now and it seems that there is no one to save you, call out to Jesus. He will always catch you. He loves you. In times of strife, He will always pull you from the waves and into His arms.
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