Today’s Devotion written by Kara Paulson
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, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt? When they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
At a recent staff meeting, we were talking about Peter, and how he always seems to do the wrong thing. He always wants to be noticed by Jesus, but it seems every time he is called out, he loses faith and face. I think Peter represents something inside each of us. From childhood we all live with a need to be known and recognized. In Peter, we can see that part of us that wants to be appreciated, that wants to be picked first, that grabs at a chance to shine. We would all like to be the one to be chosen to be part of the miracle – to take that step out of the boat and onto the water.
But stepping out in faith is frightening. Like Peter, we see the storm and question whether we are enough to stand up to strong wind. When our feet slip below the surface, we doubt that we have the buoyancy to keep our heads above water. We can be overwhelmed by all the people and problems and hardships that seem to be too much at times. Lucky for us, and just like Peter, when we step out onto the water, and the wind blows and the storm rages and the waves crash and we begin to sink, there is a hand that will reach out to catch us.
O God our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. -Sundays and Seasons, p 235.