Distracted by Wind

Distracted by Wind

Distracted by Wind

Jesus had dismissed his disciples, so that he could pray privately. In the meantime the disciples were rowing their boat.

All of a sudden "Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear." (Matthew 14:25-26, NIV)

How would we react? Would we have done any better?

Jesus was not here to scare his disciples. He immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." (Matthew 14:27, NIV)

It is then that Peter realized that this was Jesus walking on water. Immediately he wanted to walk with Jesus on water. "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "Tell me to come to you on the water."(Matthew 14:28, NIV)

Would we have joined Jesus on water? If Jesus can do that, he could do this for us as well.

At first Peter was smiling big. He was walking on water. No one before did any human walk on water. Jesus was with Peter on the water walking.

All of a sudden, Peter realized that there was "Waves churning beneath his feet." (Matthew 14:30a, MSG)

Peter lost it. "He lost his nerve and started to sink." (Matthew 14:30v, MSG). He called for help. Jesus saved him. Jesus said: "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" (Matthew 14:31, NIV)

As long as Peter focused on Jesus he did not sink. However when he saw some adversity, he started to sink. He looked adversity as being way bigger than Jesus.

We too often sink when adversity hits us big time. "Help me Jesus!"

We were not made to doubt, but to trust in Jesus.

My first year of teaching I was a notive. I had been in Teachers College, but now I was learning way more than Teachers College. I was teaching Core French and I did enjoy my career.

All of a sudden a teacher needed my help. I was teaching a grade two at that time and little ones need continually supervision.

Here I was trying to help my colleague, when my class started to act up. I started to focus on adversity. I started to sink.

All of a sudden a young lad started to walk on chairs (not on water!). Then he started to run. Before I could say "Stop" that child fell on the floor. I came to his rescue.

However when I was back home, I was unable to sleep. What if he was hurt? What if his parents complained. That night I hardly slept.

The next day that he came to me and told me "I like you. Thank you for being my teacher."

"How do you feel?" I asked.

"I am fine." He said.

I worried for nothing. I had looked at adversity as being bigger than Jesus himself. I could have avoided all that stress at home.

Let us always stand in faith. After all, Jesus is with us. We can trust him at all times. Hurray!

Rob Chaffart


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