“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
I am writing to you in a season of feeling absolutely dry. I am the least qualified to tell you to tap into those streams of Living Waters because I continue to come up short again and again. Let us be quite honest. This season is weird. We have never experienced anything like this before and whether you are the person who has learned 5 languages and how to play the guitar during COVID or (if you are like me) have nothing to show for it, no one is exempt from the undercurrent of anxiety and uncertainty.
We see this in the news- no longer is the press determined to purely report facts, but is deeply drenched in opinion. Right, Left, up and down we hear one “truth” after another. We can no longer rely on truth because now everyone has their own truth that could prove to be different than your own.
Turn on the TV, scroll through instagram, even look outside and you will see masks hiding faces reminding you that we are living in the time of a pandemic. Let us not stop there, but add the tide of racial injustices being brought to light, the looming election in November and there are literal wildfires and hurricanes threatening people’s lives. What is this time that we live in?
When Peter steps out of that boat towards Jesus and notices the winds and the waves around him. The very hurricane that he is caught up in, he begins to sink. It is the waves that overwhelm and the winds that whip by him, yet as he cries out in fear, Jesus reaches out his hand to save him.
I know going on the World Race felt like you were stepping out of the boat. And yes, Jesus was calling you deeper. He was asking you to follow Him into the unknown. It was a “stepping out” into a new season of uncertainty. In a way, that same World Race became your boat. Surrounded by community, connected time with the Lord and freedom from distractions. And now you are home. Now you are called out alone. You might be questioning, why did I come out here? Why did I move to this neighborhood? Why did I start this job? I should have stayed in the boat.
Cry out to Jesus. He is there. I know you may not feel Him. It’s hard for me to feel Him, but he is the only thing that is Certain. He is THE way, THE truth, THE life. Not “my truth” or “your truth” but the ultimate truth. The one you can lean on and depend upon.
Notice this, it was only after Jesus and Peter got back in the boat did the winds die down. What was that journey like back to the boat as Peter is being held by Jesus? That same wind blowing, those waves still crashing. Those circumstances did not change, but Peter was very much changed. Peter was with Jesus. Peter was holding on to Jesus.
Hold on to Jesus. I am speaking to my very spirit as I write this. Hold on. Those storms will die down, new seasons will come, you will be back in the safety of your boat. Circumstances might not change immediately, but you can count on the Lord to reach out and hold on to you long after they do.