“But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 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.”
I had a big realization yfesterday while lying flat trying to calm a back spasm. It occurred to me that my recent flare ups of arthritis and now this might possibly be connected to the extra stress I’ve had in my life recently. That wasn’t a surprise – anxiety can cause all sorts of physical problems.
But what struck me yesterday as I lay on the floor was something I believe God’s been trying to tell me for a while: that it’s time for my faith to grow.
When Jesus called Peter out of the boat, He knew Peter needed to have His eyes fixed on Him. Peter would have to trust that Jesus would carry him over choppy water. And, of course, the minute Peter looked down, he started to sink.
I’ve been in that moment lately with Peter, praying to God while looking down at my troubles or looking to myself to fix them. That is a kind of faith, but now it’s time for it to mature a bit.
Jesus has been standing close by all this time, gently commanding me to look to Him. If I do, I’ll see a promise in His eyes: the more faith I place in Him, the more peace angd joy, and the less aches, I’ll have!
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