Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened: and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt? ” After that they got into the boat, the wind died down.
What changed? Why did Peter start to sink? Did Jesus give up? It is interesting that Peter actually did start to walk on water. For a fraction of a second he had complete faith in Jesus.
The same thing happens to us, we walk a good game when things are going smoothly, when it’s easy. But as soon as the waves get rough, when life gets uncomfortable, we turn from God. We turn to ourselves, to human solutions, then we get angry with God because we started to sink.
What would happen if we didn’t turn from God? Instead we placed more trust in Him. The seas would remain stormy, but we would have God’s hand. He would guide us through the storms, show us the best way to traverse the rough life.
So go ahead, have faith, walk on the water. God is waiting.
Dear most gracious, loving Jesus, thank you for all the gifts you have given me, even though I am undeserving. Help me to have the faith to turn to you in my most trying of times. Let my faith guide me to you, show me how to trust you in all things. Let me walk on the water. All this I ask through your most merciful son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen