The story goes like this. The men were in a boat, some 3-4 miles from shore. It was the middle of the night. Suddenly, the wind was blowing fiercely. The waves were slapping the boat, tossing it up and down. The men were scared.
Some of them were experienced fishermen, but we all know fear can grip even the most experienced. Suddenly, on the waves stood something. The men gazed intensely. “It is a ghost!”, someone yelled. Then, the “ghost” spoke: “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Could it be! Yes, it was Jesus. He was with them, walking on the water toward their boat. At that moment, one of the men stood up and boldly said: “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” He knew it was. That was the only reason he made the statement he did. Jesus simply replied “come.”
At that moment, Peter confidently stepped out of the boat to walk to His Lord. Yes, Peter was walking on the water like Jesus! The men in the boat were amazed. Peter had never felt such a sensation. Then, the wind whipped Peter’s hair. The water smacked against his legs, stinging like angry bees. Peter looked from side to side. Fear, once again, took over. Peter began to feel himself sink. He cried out “Lord, save me!” Then, Jesus did something. Don’t miss this! Jesus stretched out His hand and caught Peter and said to him: “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Awesome! Peter was sinking, and Jesus reached down and lifted him out of the water.
This story reminds us of that when we trials, we must: 1.) Look back to God’s promises; 2.) Know that Jesus is always with us and 3.) Trust in who Jesus is.
Jesus told His disciples to get into the boat and go to the other side. Sometimes, when trials come into our lives, we forget what God’s Word promises. He will get us through. When they did get out on the water, the wind and waves struck fear in their hearts. But Jesus came to them. The truth is, when we face trials, Jesus is already with us. Jesus knew what the disciples were going to face on the water that night. God is never surprised by our circumstances. Finally, when we do doubt. When we are afraid. When we make poor decisions in the midst of our trial, Jesus shows us grace. Just like Peter, Jesus will catch us. Remember, you are HIS. He paid a heavy price for you. He loves you and will never leave you.
There is more to the story. When Jesus and Peter climbed into the boat, those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” Today, even if you are facing a great trial in your life, take a moment to praise the One who is your Savior.