Life is not always smooth sailing. Sure there are days when the skies are sunny and cloudless and the seas are smooth as glass. But there are also days when the clouds are dark and gloomy and the waves are crashing onto your boat. Abnormal markers in your routine blood work leads to further testing which leads to a diagnosis of cancer. Maybe you suddenly and unexpectedly find yourself without a job. Or it could be that at the end of the month you have more bills to pay than you have money in your checkbook. You’ve been battling a serious illness for a long time and now you are told it is time to call hospice. Or how about this, you step out of the boat in faith, only to find yourself beginning to sink. You thought that you were following God’s plan, but now your question whether you really did hear from God, or if you simply ate some bad pizza. Where do you turn when the bottom drops out?
What is at the bottom of that black hole you find yourself falling in? Will it hurt? Fear has taken over and you are waiting for the crash landing. Rest assured that Jesus is there to catch you.
You might be familiar with the story of Peter walking on water. Matthew 14:22-36 tells the story of the disciples in the middle of the lake when there boat got caught in a storm. While it was still dark they saw Jesus walking on the water and were terrified because they thought he was a ghost. Jesus tells them to not be afraid, but probably to little avail. Peter then calls out, saying, “Lord if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” You can imagine Peter’s shock when Jesus invites him to get out of the boat! We pick up the story here beginning in verse 29 – “Then Peter got 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!’”
Jump ahead two verses and in verse 31 we read these comforting words – Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
So, when you are sinking, and fear has kicked in, know that Jesus is not far away, with His hand extended, saying to you, “I am right here!”
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