“But seeing the wind, he [Peter] became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” ~Matthew 14:30-31
The other morning I woke up in a pretty good mood. I had a hum on my lips and a bounce in my step. It was Friday, which means it was time to clean the house again. My brother and I flipped into gear because we had company coming that afternoon. As I worked along, humming and bee-bopping to the radio, my brother disappeared and wasn’t dusting the bookshelf like he was supposed to be doing. Then I found that I was out of cleaner for the bathroom. Then a wheel on the vacuum broke. I suddenly realized I was becoming irritable. I could feel my happy mood sinking into a not-so-happy mood. I started mumbling to myself, “No, no, no, no, no; stay happy, stay happy!” I was trying to think of any happy song I could remember, but none were coming to mind. It wasn’t working; I was sinking.
Things were going wrong, and feeling the pressure of company arriving that afternoon, I was about to start crying at the absurdity of it. I prayed, “Jesus, please help me. I’m sinking!” Pretty soon, several worship songs came to mind, and I started humming them, paying attention to the words of those songs running through my mind. I stayed in that attitude of prayer, silently worshiping and praying.
A little while later, I realized that there was a bounce back in my step, and the things that had started to all go wrong had proved to not be as major as I’d first imagined them to be. In Matthew chapter 14, we read about how in faith, Peter walked on the water! I’ve always thought it was a very cool story. I mean, who wouldn’t want to walk on the water!? That would just be so cool! In some ways, we as Christians ARE called to walk on the water. The world we live in is very temporary, our human flesh so unstable, and how quickly we can begin to sink when the wind and waves of problems and distractions begin to swirl around us.
It takes faith the size of a mustard seed, planted in Jesus Christ, to be able to walk through this life. But sometimes, like Peter, we can get distracted by “the wind”: problems, trials, the things of this world that Satan tries to tempt and entice us with. When Peter began to notice the wind, he became afraid, and began to doubt. And then he began to sink. When we focus in on the problems and lose sight of Christ, we too begin to sink. It’s then when we cry out to Jesus, “Lord, save me!” and He takes us by the hand and helps us regain our footing.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” ~Colossians 3:1-3
Every day, in every situation, we have the opportunity to look to God. Instead of focusing in on the wind and the waves and the problems around us, we need to set the focus of our hearts and minds on Christ and His eternal glory. Then we will have a firm and sure footing on Christ the Solid Rock, no matter where He calls us to walk.