And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14: 28-33 ESV)
I’ve been saved from many disasters by Jesus – some of my own making and some made by others. How about you? I’m convinced there were many more times He saved me from circumstances I’ll never know about this side of heaven.
Peter showed us the key to survival. Focus on Him. Once we stop, we’re sunk. But…. Even then He reaches down and takes our hand. But it’s not just about survival. The Savior’s touch is a healing balm. It’s about allowing Him to reign in our daily lives. To bring His Kingdom, His Love, and His calling into this life.
I’ve been struggling lately around purpose and mission. The last 18 months have stripped me of the plan I had hoped to see come to fruition in ministry and in life. That didn’t happen. I know in my head that God saw it coming and had an alternate plan. I need to be ok with that. I need to take His hand right where I am.
Do you think Jesus was surprised when Peter began to sink? Of course not. He reached down and challenged Peter along with each one of us. Where is our faith? Where is it rooted? In the world and the circumstances that surround us, or in the One that created us?
Take His Hand! He loves you and wants to care for you, right where you are.
And that’s the memo.
By Steve Adams