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?”
Matthew 14 : 30 – 31
I’m guessing none of us have ever leapt out of a boat in an endeavour to walk on water – but we may well know that feeling of being out of our depth in one way or another. I wonder if there are times when, like Peter, we launch into something but then start to doubt ourselves and our ability to achieve what we set out to do.
What do we do in these circumstances? Do we flounder and rely on our own strength to fight against whatever is dragging us down – or do we turn to Jesus and ask for his help to get through?
Even though Peter demonstrated great faith in getting out of the boat, once he took his eyes off Jesus, the distractions of the wind and the waves pulled him down and fear took over. Jesus, of course, saved Peter, even if he subsequently questioned the depth of Peter’s faith, something which must have been hard to hear when he was sitting shivering in sopping wet clothes!
What I love about the gospel narrative about Peter, is that none of his failings or mishaps put him off. He doesn’t worry about getting it right all the time but keeps his eyes fixed on Jesus and throws himself wholeheartedly into whatever comes next. Something to remember the next time we feel out of our depth and are tempted simply to give up!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we know that, as Christians, we are not exempt from being in situations where we feel overwhelmed. Help us to know that you are with us and that you give us strength and courage to face even the toughest of times. Amen
Action: Think of someone you know who is struggling at the moment. Reflect on their situation and pray for them.