Sunday, June 19, 2016

Lord, save me!

 It was high tide at Jekyll.  Mike decided to take the girls down to the beach and show them how high the ocean was.  It was a beautiful sight.  The littles could not believe their eyes.  The way the water rose up to the steps, it looked as if we could just step out onto the waves.  They were amazed, as just the afternoon before there was rocks, shells and plenty of sand to play in!  The beautify of the high tide was amazing.  The thought of the ever-changing tides was even more so.

Peter and the other disciples boarded their boat to cross the sea.  They were no sign of a storm, but shortly after their departure the waves got higher and the skies opened.  They were no doubt afraid, as it was so sudden.  I can only imagine their relief and total awe when they saw Jesus was walking on the waters toward them and the bewilderment when Jesus asked Peter to step out of the boat onto the choppy waters.  I cant fathom the questions and doubt as this sight unfolded before the disciples eyes.  The first steps Peter took, he was totally focused on Jesus.  He had faith.  However, the moment his eyes took in his surroundings he got scared and began to doubt.  Peter lost his focus...he took his eyes off of Christ.  I know as the doubt took hold, the fear and anxiety took over.  With his faith in Christ shaken due to the howling winds, he took his focus off of Jesus.  When we take our eyes off of the only one who can not only calm the storms, but walk us through them, we will inevitably sink.  Those are the moments that this crazy life we live gains control;  when deep sadness, loneliness, desperation, and uncertainty set in.  Thankfully, just as Peter did, we have the opportunity to call out for help.  It's one of the shortest prayers in the Bible, but definitely one of the most powerful.  Peter said in Matthew 14:30, "Lord, save me!"  It is because of faith in Jesus Christ that we are empowered to do the impossible.  Thankfully, Jesus is the perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:2).  We just have to ask for it and believe that He will provide it!

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