“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!”” (Matthew 14:30)
Brave, confident Peter stood up and stepped out of the safety of the boat and onto the liquid surface of the lake – and the water held him up! Like any curious person would do, Peter looked around to see if what he thought was happening really was. And that’s when the laws of nature took over and Peter began to sink.
Peter knew Jesus – he had heard His authoritative teaching and had witnessed and participated in His miracles. In fact, this incident comes “immediately” on the heels of Jesus feeding more than five thousand people (Matthew 14:22). But in a moment, all he knew about Jesus sank into the waves with him. He was overcome with fear. Can you relate? Sometimes we seem to be doing good – walking along in our faith with our heads held high. Then something happens – a crisis hits, the bottom falls out, and suddenly we are sinking and crying out for help.
I have walked with Jesus for some 40+ years and there have been many ups and downs, some pretty awesome highs and some very deep lows. I wish I could say that I’ve always been a model of unwavering faith – but that would be a lie. What I can say is that every trial has built my faith by degrees. You may be familiar with the hard season we’ve experienced these past several months. We were rocked harder than we’d ever been. It all looked very dire, and we were sinking fast. All I could do was cry out, “Lord save us!” And He did.
Here’s what I know – and what I want you to know. God’s hand was behind that stormy sea. He stirred up the wind and the waves that rocked our boat and tossed us into the water. Why would He do that? Because His was the hand that would reach out to save us. Because I needed to know the power of His saving grace and the depth of His everlasting love. And so do you. You need to know that when all seems lost, God will rescue you. When you think you’re about to drown, God will pull you up. Your storm is real – but so is God. Start looking for His hand over the waves.