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“But when Peter noticed the strong wind he became frightened, and, beginning to sink he cried out ‘Lord save me!’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and saved him” Matthew 14:30-31
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This Gospel story of Jesus walking on the water towards his frightened disciples is a familiar one for many of us.
If you’ve heard it, you know that Peter decides to get out of the boat and walk on the water with Jesus. And he does it, for a little bit. But then after a bit, he starts to sink.
The usual sermon we hear around this text is the one where we’re supposed to keep our eyes on Jesus. The one that says that Peter sank when he noticed the wind and waves and got scared.
And while that’s a fine way to read this text, I wonder if maybe Peter was always going to sink in this story.
That maybe for a second, as he starts to sink, he has that quick moment where he wonders if Jesus might let him. That Jesus won’t reach out a hand and save him.
We’ve all been there.
That moment where the fear overwhelms us to the point of despair.
What if Jesus lets me sink?
But this is precisely the moment when Jesus reaches out and plucks us up. Notice the storm hasn’t stopped. The wind and waves are still raging, the things that scare Peter are still there. But he isn’t alone. The wind continues to batter them as they walk back to the boat, but Peter does not walk that stormy way alone.
This is our good news.
In the storms of life, the stuff that happens that we don’t see coming, that change everything, that scare the heck out of us, we aren’t left to weather them alone.
God walks with us in it until we can get back in the boat and it calms down.
Questions for Discussion
|We are sent, each and every week, into a world that is broken and feels impossibly frightening sometimes. But we are not alone. We get to join in the work of God – healing and renewing and sharing this new life with others. So go.|