Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sinking



“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!’” –Matthew 14:29-30

The second day after a snowstorm, when the sun has come out again, a crust forms over the snow on the ground. The sun’s rays begin to melt the snow, but it refreezes overnight, creating a compact top layer. After two days of slogging through fresh powder, I’m grateful that Lexi and I have something firm to walk on. But this solid crust is deceptive; sometimes I break through. Then I sink up to my knees into the soft snow beneath. When we walk with God, we hope for something firm to walk on. But our concrete convictions can be deceptive; sometimes they give way. Then we begin to sink. Ironically, Peter’s example shows us that walking with God is not always walking on solid ground. We might be walking on water. Then we can’t rely on our own certainties to support us. Peter knew he couldn’t walk on water, but he stepped out of the boat anyway. What keeps us from sinking is our faith. Only faith is a firm foundation.

Dear God, Save me from sinking in my own certainties. Amen

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