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Topic: Failure (03/01/04)

TITLE: Water Walking or Sinking
By Jenny Smith


Water WalkingÖor Sinking!

Peter is one of the disciples I love the most for two reasons. He was either boldly following God or he was boldly not following God. I find myself in his sandals sometimes. One minute wholeheartedly following God and then the nextÖnot.

Peterís life is full of lessons, but letís focus on one we all can learn from. In Matthew 14:22-33, Peter is with the other disciples in a boat in the middle of the sea. Jesus has gone to pray and it has gotten dark. The next thing they see is Jesus walking toward them on the water. At first they are thinking it must be a ghost until they hear his voice. Can you imagine their relief, ĎOh, its just Jesus!í, then amazement, ĎIs he walking on the water? Iím not believing this!í?

Peter has a bold request as soon as he realizes it is Jesus, ďLord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.Ē Peter was overly eager to walk on water. Do you ever feel like that? It may not actually be water, but no less miraculous for you. Lord let me. Iím ready. Let me on the water! Too many times I have found myself in this situation Ölet me, Iím ready!

I just wonder if as Jesus said ĎCome oní, if he was shaking his head, knowing Peter wasnít ready to walk on water, but he was ready for a valuable lesson.

Peter jumped out of the boat looking at Jesus and walked on the water. He was actually doing it, he was walking on water!

Canít you imagine Peter taking a step or two fully focused on Jesus and then it happened? He looked around and noticed the wind was howling and became afraid. Why is it when we are actually walking on water that we take our eyes off Jesus? As soon as Peter looked away he began to sink. The same is true for us.

Now, this is the lesson I want us to learn - as soon as he began to sink he cried out ĎLord save me!í Iím personally guilty of sinking deeper and deeper, kicking my way up, only to sink againÖwearing myself out, getting choked and making quite a sight of myself. And I do all of this before I stop and think to call on Jesus!

Jesus is there the whole time saying, ďHere I am, call to me and then I will save you. I will catch you and walk you back to the boat until you are ready to try again.Ē

We can walk on water with eyes fully focused on Jesus. In fact he wants us to. But he also knows many times as soon as we actually start walking, we take our eyes off him. And then we begin to sink. Thatís why he is there waiting to catch us as soon as we call.

Take it from one who has sunk many times, it is better to call out at the first sign of sinking. Otherwise, the sinking process can be not only painful but a sight to people looking on.

Actually, it is best to walk on water with your eyes fully focused on Jesus. Then you donít have to worry about sinking! And if you do take your eyes off Jesus, and begin to sink, call out to Jesus right away! Trust me, he will be there waiting.

How do you want to walk on water? What do you desire to do with Jesus that will require a miracle? Jesus is saying, ĎCome oní. Just remain focused on him! Then walk on water!

Member Comments
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Leticia Caroccio03/10/04
I loved this article! I am there every other day. It is a wonderful thing to see the hand of the Lord on your life, even when we bite off more than we can chew. Thank God for His saving grace. Great article. You get my vote this week:)
Dave Wagner03/11/04
>> One minute wholeheartedly following God and then the nextÖnot. <<

Great line.

Once again, I find myself agreeing with the thoughts of the good Dr. Cook. I have to keep checking now before commenting! I donít want to offer redundant suggestions!

Nice post.
Donna Anderson03/13/04
It all sounds so simple - focus of fail! God has provided for both! Good submission.
Nita Frazier03/13/04
You described Peter will with the line. "He was either boldly following God or he was boldly not following God. I especiaqlly liked the line . "It's just Jesus." when describing the disciples thoughts when they first say Jesus walking on water.
Kenny Paul Clarkson03/13/04
ĀŰ Focus seems to be the key. Your article was well developed and cohesive. Thank you! ♫