Dailies 2019

Dailies –in His Word
Day 30
When I was a child I was learning to swim, tread water around the edge at a neighbor’s pool that my family was visiting. I would grab the edge then push myself 6 inches away and swim back. At one point I was too far out to grab a hold of the edge, or so I thought. I, like Peter in the scripture below, panicked and began to sink. I could see my dad’s friend standing there by the edge as I reached out crying for help. I went down a third time into the, what I thought was deep water, and his hand reached down and grabbed my hand.  Pulling me up out of the water to safety I asked why he didn’t help me sooner. He said he thought I was just playing around.
The disciples and Jesus had been feeding people all day then he sent them away to cross the sea in a boat. Meanwhile Jesus went to pray alone. The when he came back to them it was on the water itself. The men were frightened. Jesus spoke and Peter was the one who responded. He was ready to test the water.  
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
 “Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong[c] wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” Matthew 14: 27-31
This made me think today about Peter’s faith.
He had faith to believe that it was Jesus, enough to get out of the boat and walk on the water until it got choppy and windy. Then he feared, because he doubted. Still Jesus reached out to Peter to grab him and not allow Peter to perish. I imagine Jesus chuckling and shaking His head here saying “Why did you not believe spiritually I would have kept you up? I had you spiritually but you needed that physical hand.”
God is with us, He will keep us safe but we sometimes need the physical proof as humans. If we have strong enough faith in God we can do it. The help is there if we need it but God wants us to be strong and know He will keep us safe through the choppy water if we just trust that He is there.
Heavenly Father, thank you that you are there for us to reach out to at any moment in need. Your outstretched hand is a lifeline when we are weak in our faith. Help us to trust you and believe you will not allow us to sink. Keep us strong in our faith as we walk on top of the waves with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Teresa M. Wilson