Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
The disciples felt safe inside that boat, especially when they looked out at the choppy waves and strong winds. Sometime we feel safe inside our circumstance, situation, religion, or personal confidence, and we fail to realize our misplaced faith.
Sometimes God leads us out of our comfort zone where we learn what it truly means to have faith in Christ (instead of ourselves, someone else, or tradition) and keep our focus on Him. When we take our eyes off of the Lord and we replace our faith in Christ with fear of our surroundings (as Peter did) and all the “what ifs” in life, we will surely sink.
When we keep our trust in Him and depend on Him, He will use our lives to do amazing things that point to heaven and bring glory to God. When Christ does the impossible through us, no one else can take the credit, and people will see and exclaim, “Jesus, truly you are the Son of God!”
Lately, I have felt myself sinking as I look within me and around me and realize all that is against me, naturally and spiritually. It’s discouraging. I have to remind myself on a daily basis that I have a wonderful, amazing power within me. It’s not of me, it’s of God. It’s the Holy Spirit.
And, with Him, nothing is impossible