Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me! ”Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?” Matthew 14:29-31)
Ever notice how the Christmas season seems to amplify the hassles and complexities of our lives? Health issues seem more debilitating. Finances seem to overcome our wallets. Relationships seem more fragile. In my own family, we suddenly needed a hole in the roof patched (probably needs to be replaced in the spring), our refrigerator died ( just after the warranty expired), our front brakes needed to be replaced (where we discovered that we needed four new tires) and our alternator light went on (we hit a deer on the way to the repair shop). Add in a cardiac catheterization and things were looking pretty bleak.
Remember the expression, “up the creek without a paddle,”? (Some of you may remember a slightly different version.) Well, our boat seemed to be taking on water fast. At similar points in our lives we all have a choice to make. Do we go down with the boat, or do we step out in faith, believing that God will help us to walk on the water? Those remaining in the boat will try to convince us to stay and not take the chance. After all, who can walk on water? Since I was going to get wet anyway, I decided I might as well step out. Since I have, we have managed to keep up with our finances, the heart procedure showed no major problems, the car is still running, the roof isn’t leaking anymore and we’re learning how to direct our grief over losses into helpful ways with our family.
Life is never easy, but it’s far better when you step out of the boat.