Eyes on Jesus
Immediately after this, Jesus told his disciples to get into their boat and cross to the other side of the lake while he stayed to get the people started home.
Then afterwards he went up into the hills to pray. Night fell, and out on the lake the disciples were in trouble. For the wind had risen and they were fighting heavy seas.
About four o'clock in the morning Jesus came to them, walking on the water! They screamed in terror, for they thought he was a ghost.
But Jesus immediately spoke to them, reassuring them. "Don't be afraid!" he said.
Then Peter called to him: "Sir, if it is really you, tell me to come over to you, walking on the water."
"All right," the Lord said, "come along!"
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. "Save me, Lord!" he shouted.
Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and rescued him. "O man of little faith," Jesus said. "Why did you doubt me?" And when they had climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.
The others sat there, awestruck. "You really are the Son of God!" they exclaimed.
Matthew 14: 22-33 (TLB)
He reached down from heaven and took me and drew me out of my great trials. He rescued me from deep waters.
Psalm 18: 16 (TLB)
Dianne Fegan lives in Queensland, Australia. Her mother died when she was in her twenties, so she never got to see and enjoy Dianne's five children. She was a doting grandmother (she already had 22 grandchildren), and she used to spend time with each of her daughters and daughter-in-law when they had their babies. She also knitted beautiful clothes for each one. She was always there for them.
Dianne missed her particularly when they started their family, and Dianne blamed God for taking her away when she needed her the most. For a while Dianne focused more on the demands of parenting and her own constant weariness than she did on Jesus and his desire to walk with her through this season of doubt and grief.
In today's scripture reading, Peter took his eyes off Jesus too. He focused more on the storm around him than on the One who could calm the storm. Peter nearly drowned, but when he called out, Jesus saved him.
Storms in our lives can overwhelm us and may threaten to drown us in despair. But in those moments we can call out to Jesus, the One who can save us. Jesus cares more about the daily challenges of our lives than we may believe. We simply need to reach out to him in faith.
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, that you always hear our cries for help, no matter the time of day or night. Help us to keep our eyes on You, in Jesus' name. Amen.