Everyone who has been baptized has, like Peter, stepped out in faith. We take vows, we promise to give our life to Jesus, we accept the right hand of fellowship extended out towards us. And we walk in faith into the rest of our life.
But all of us know the sinking feeling; the loss of purpose, the loss of meaning, the fears that wring our soul in the night. We forget what Jesus looks like, we think we are alone. We know the sinking feeling in the pit of our stomach; we can’t stomach our life sometimes because we have lost heart. When Jesus sees the disciples holding on for dear life in the storm-tossed boat, he calls out, “Take heart, it is I!”
Peter steps out in faith, sinks in the water, and is rescued by Jesus. Remember that later Peter becomes one of the greatest leaders in the early church. Maybe this story is included in the gospels to remind us that if Peter himself had doubts and sinking feelings, we can too; Jesus can save us too, if we call on his name.
These past months and weeks have been pretty grim as far as world events are concerned; nuclear disaster, famine for millions, civilized cities breaking into riots and mayhem, economic disaster looming as debts overwhelm countries. It’s easy to have a sinking feeling, to lose heart; are we calling on Jesus?
This week’s prayer: In our sinking moments, Jesus, help us to keep our eyes fixed on you.