“And Peter got out of the boat,
and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But seeing the wind, he became afraid,
and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying,
Lord, save me!”
Peter was this really gutsy guy. Brave, bold, the first one to try anything. And those very qualities he was so proud of sometimes got him into trouble.
There was one time when he was really scared. Of course, he wouldn’t have admitted it for the world. A ferocious storm had come up and the boat he was in was “tormented by the waves, for the wind was contrary.” Can’t you see those twelve macho fishermen huddled in the bottom of the boat? Looking up, they spotted what they were sure was a ghost coming to get them. Everyone, including Peter, started crying.
Contrary winds will do that to you.
As soon as He saw what was going on, Jesus, who was walking along on those crazy waves, spoke to them, saying,
Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.
Then Peter did the strangest thing. He challenged Jesus to order him to walk on water.“Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
And He did. With just a simple word, Come.
So Peter clambered out of that boat right into those contrary wind driven waves.
So bold. So brave. So stupid.
He’d gotten himself into a real predicament now and he knew it. Here he was, in the middle a massive storm, battered by the wind, and the boat with the rest of his compadres drifting way behind him.
“He became afraid.”
Stark raving terror.
Have you been there? On those waves, surrounded by out-of-control panic, sinking fast?
I’ll bet you did exactly what Peter did. I’ll bet you prayed.
“Lord, save me!”
Big, invincible, self-sufficient, got-it-all-together, me. Short and sweet.
And He did. Jesus just stretched out His big beautiful hand and took hold of poor Peter before he had so much as a chance to get water up his nostrils. He gave the guy a good talking to right there out on the water. “Oh you of little faith, why do you doubt?” Then He lifted a now considerably humbled fisherman into the boat and the wind stopped.
Wow. That’s a story.
Do you have a story like that of your own? Has Jesus ever reached out His big, beautiful, powerful hand to you and rescued you right then and there from something really bad? Like sinking deep into something contrary and terrifying that was all your own fault?
Will you write it down? Send it in? Let us all know how really great God is?
‘Cuz sometimes we just need to remember how big He is when those winds take us for a ride.
From my heart,