When We Begin to Sink Beneath the Waves of Life

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Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”  And He said, “Come!” Matthew 14:28-29

I’ve recently read - and marveled - at the tiny book, “Practicing the Presence of God,” by Brother Lawrence.

I have so much trouble with learning to abide anywhere near consistently in Christ.  

I try.

I was reading today about Peter’s walk out of the boat toward Jesus.  I’ve read it more than once.  I’ve heard sermons preached on it.

But, today, it really hit home for me.

I realized three things:

Number one: As long as Peter had his eyes on Jesus …. he was safe.  It didn’t matter that the storm raged around Him.  He was able to do the impossible.

Number two:  When Peter’s faith wavered, when he looked around at the storm and began to sink, he cried out for help.

Number three:  Jesus did exactly that. He saved him.  He reached out His hand to Peter. There was a reprimand  - and Peter - as well as the others were chastised.

But Jesus didn’t give up on Peter - or on the others.

How encouraging!

Yes, I often look at the storm swirling around me instead of keeping my eyes on the one who controls the storms.

Yes, my faith wavers and I begin to sink.

And yes, I do feel an internal reprimand - I wonder why I doubt Him - and feel my faith is small.

But, miracle of miracles, He doesn’t give up on me.

And, neither will He give up on You.

Father God, thank you for the many ways you reassure us through your word.  Thank you that you see us, in our humanness - and love us anyway, leading us forward.  Help us to learn to abide with you consistently, but thank you for understanding when we don’t - and for not giving up on us.  Thank you that you continue to bid us, “Come.”  Amen and amen.

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