“Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” Matt 14:29-31
I once decided I was going to try surfing. Having had only one or two instructions, not being very “sporty” and being about seven months pregnant at the time, all added up to this not being one of my finest ideas!
There I was, in my red polka dot maternity swimsuit, far out from the shore, enjoying the peace and quiet, waiting for a wave to come along. Just as I was thinking to myself how easy this was; out of nowhere, the calm surface of the sea rippled and lifted on the horizon. A massive wave formed and started coming towards me. Knowing there was no way I was experienced enough to “ride” this wave, I panicked and scrambled off my board. I have to tell you at this point that back then I had a fear of water. My dad had drowned just a few years before, and I was still having nightmares about it. This surfing “try out” was an attempt to face the fear.
So as this huge wave loomed over me, I just froze, hanging onto my board, waiting for impact. When it hit me, I lost my grip on the board, went under, tumbled and rolled, felt my face scrape the sandy sea bottom, and eventually broke the surface again gasping for air.
In my fear, I had forgotten that I was on a big, strong surf board. All surfing instructions were forgotten -overshadowed -because I had looked at the size of the wave.
You Will Face Deep Waters
You and I will face storms in life; but we have by our side The One who’s voice the wind and waves obey, so we have nothing to fear. Isaiah 43:1-2 tells me
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”
Don’t Look at The Waves, Look at Jesus
Are you facing some big waves? A “life-storm” that looms, threatening to overwhelm and sink you?
Remember to whom you belong, daughter or son of God.
When Peter took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the size of the waves, he started to sink. But the moment he called out to Jesus, even in the midst of his fear, “Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him” Matt 14:31
Some waves look massive. Some storms we face can seem terrifying, but The Lord will not let you drown!
Don’t Look at the size of the waves, look at Jesus. He never takes his eyes off you, even for a second.
“When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them”. Psalm 91:15
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