Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
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?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:22-33
Have you ever had the events of your life swirling around you so big that you felt as if you were sinking under the weight of them?
In the scripture above Peter could see Jesus in front of him walking on water. He looks to me to be so focused on Jesus as he stepped out of the boat that he did not think much about the wind that was swirling around him. Unfortunately as he started across the water he began to notice the wind and even though he could still see Jesus right in front of him he began losing his focus on Him. Peter then became frightened, which then caused him to begin to sink.
Has this ever happened to you?
Some days I have felt like I was so focused on Jesus that nothing could ever cause me to lose sight of Him, but then out of nowhere the storms of life start to swirl around me. The more the storms swirl the more I find myself thinking about how big and scary they are and forgetting how big and strong my Jesus is. When this happens within a matter of seconds I have found myself beginning to sink even though Jesus was standing right in front of me the whole entire time.
Thankfully just as he did with Peter, Jesus has reached out his hand to catch me…not just once, but many many times.
No matter how strong the storms of life may become thankfully no storm is ever to big for Jesus.
Do you find yourself feeling as if you are sinking today?
Remember that Jesus will never leave you.
He will not let you sink,
He is right there beside you reaching out his hand to catch you.
Put your trust in Him and let his peace calm your storm today.