Afraid of the Water

But Jesus immediately said to them; "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
"Lord if it is you," Peter replied. "tell me to come to you on the water."
"Come," he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and beginning to sink, cried out. "Lord, save me!"
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him, "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" (Mt.14:27-31).

I remember one summer when we and some of our friends had rented a pontoon boat during a weekend camping trip. At some point of our boat trip, we had stopped and the kids all wanted to go for a swim. Being that we were away from the shore, the water where we were at was well over their heads. But we had secured each in a life-vest to ensure they would bob rather than sink.
While the other children were swimming around, my daughter was content to remain next to the boat, holding tightly to the railing at the rear of the boat. We encouraged her to let go, ensuring her she would not sink. But there was no convincing her. She was placing more trust in the boat railing than the life-vest.
Finally we tried to help her move away from the boat so she could see there was nothing to be afraid of. A friend tried and then I tried, but to no avail. I kneeled at the rear of the boat, gave her my arm, and slowly tried to move her away from the boat. I wanted to let her trust in the life-vest develop like it needed to--gradually. Yet no matter how hard I tried or how much I tried to convince her that she had nothing to be afraid of, she tensed in fear anytime she even let go of the boat. And she refused to believe that she was safe; even while I was assuring her, "You don't have to worry. I love you, and I will not let you sink."

Jesus said, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Matthew 7:11). What strikes me about this is that no matter how much I love my daughter, my heavenly Father loves all of us far more. And just as I would not let my child sink below the water, our heavenly Father will not let us sink--He loves us far too much.

You may be thinking, "But what about the terrible things that happen all around us. Where is God in that?" I would love to be able to answer that for you. But I cannot convince you that your life-vest is secure. And I must face the fact that no matter how much I encourage you, and tell you that God will not let you sink, only you can turn loose of whatever it is you are hanging on to that keeps you from fully putting your faith in God.

We first must keep in mind that He loves us more than we will ever know; and with greater love than a parent has for a child. And even though he may sometimes ask us, "Where is your faith?" He will reach out to us, and provide us His hand of security so that in the midst of the storm, we will not sink.

Look at the verse at the top of the page again, and read only Jesus words (which should be in red).


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