I've always loved the account of Peter walking on the water to Jesus.
Bolstering his faith, Peter steps out to follow in his friend and Master’s footprints, only to find himself sinking beneath the waves that surround him just moments later.
Life can feel like that, can’t it?
One minute we are riding the waves of faith in the light of the face of God and then suddenly, as if out of nowhere, a flood of disappointment, distress or disease crashes around us, threatening to hide His beautiful face and our hope begins to drown.
Now you may think, “why do you love this account, Lisa?..I mean, Peter is failing!!!”
Ok. But, while this picture of Peter paints a portrait of a plunging person, it also reveals the strength of our Savior.
For, it’s in turbulent times that we become ever aware of our frailty. Just like Peter, we realize that the only thing that was ever really holding us up was Jesus.
Hebrews 1:3 says that He is “upholding all things by the word of His power.”
All things. This vast universe. This gigantic galaxy. This immense earth. And your life.
The greatness of our God is recognizable to those who know they are not.
Peter, rapidly succumbing to shipwreck, cries out the three words that define who we really are and who Jesus really is, “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me! “ Matt. 14:30
He is God
I am desperately in need of someone to save me
He is willing and able to stretch out His arm and rescue us
“..And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him.” Matt.14:31
This is the heart of our God. To save all who call upon His name.
To show Himself strong on their behalf.
Psalm 46:1-3 says:
“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.”
Whatever winds or waves may be rocking your boat today, consider that only fear and doubt are terminal.
By reaching out and taking hold of His hand in faith, we can experience the power and presence of the only One who can truly calm the storms of life.
“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth;
That Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and hear me.”
Psalm 108 5-6