Get Your Eyes Off the Wind!
Matthew 14:30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
There was a storm and the disciples were scared. Then Jesus appeared walking on water, to comfort His disciples. Peter asks to walk on water like Him. He succeeds. Then looking at the strength of the wind, he doubts. And then he starts sinking.
What are the strong winds in our life? Are we keeping our eyes on the power of Jesus or on the 'Size' of our problems? Is it the reason why we are sinking? Why the problem seems to persist. Do we feel that the promises Jesus has given in the bible are not for us?
Matthew 18:3 Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
When a small child is told by the mother that they will walk to downtown at the middle of the night, the child believes the mom. And has peace in the heart. And starts walking to downtown. Not so for the adults. We use our intelligence, and mathematical models, and past experience, to create analyse and doubt.
The other day I was supposed to pick somebody at the airport, and the plane delayed. I ended up going to the airport alone, at midnight. Just before leaving, I sat to think of the journey. And great fear came over me. All the possible dangers. I thought of all my friends and relatives, who I could call to come with me. Somehow none was available. And I was deeply distressed. But I had to go. Filled with fear.
On coming back, I got the verse about the Israelites, how God provided cloud by day and fire at night. And somehow my mind was opened and i saw my unbelieve and doubt in God provision. I had paid so much attention to the potential dangers and forgotten the power of the Lord. I was ashamed.
Matthew 14:31 Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and took hold of Peter. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?”
Our good Jesus reached out to Peter, and held his hand. He did the same with me by reminding me, that all that anguish and fear was from the devil, or from my mind. Then i imagined how many opportunities I had lost because of my fear, my little faith.
We pray that the scales in our eyes will be removed, and we will see and comprehend fully the power of our Lord. And His omnipresence. And the little tricks played by our mind, and the enemy. And be at peace always.