Matthew 14:24-26– Meanwhile the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror. (MSG)
Taking my granddaughter to her swimming lessons at the lake became the most entertaining part of my day! “Fish!!! I’m not getting in the water with no fish!”
“I’m not wearing a WET life jacket!”
“My mommy doesn’t like for me to go into deep water.”
Those seven-year-olds were re-thinking their swimming commitments! The teachers encouraged, cajoled, and finally ordered squirming little bodies into the bay. Eventually they all made the grade as trust overcame fear.
We all meet deep water at one time or another. But Jesus is in the midst of the deep, drawing us through the waves to Himself. He may find us in a faint-hearted state, but He never leaves us there.
Matthew 14:27-31– “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”Peter, suddenly bold, said “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”He said, “Come ahead.”Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?” (MSG).
Prayer: Dearest Jesus, when we lose our nerve, grab onto us. Draw us through the waves of life toward yourself. Amen.