When Matthew tells the story of Jesus walking on water, the main theme of the episode is that Jesus is the Son of God whom it is entirely appropriate to worship. He tells us: “Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God’ ” (Matthew 14:33).
But if that is the main theme, a sub-theme of that story centers on the fears bubbling up in Jesus’ followers. For them, seeing Jesus do this miraculous water-walk is a fearful experience. “When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear” (14:26). In response, Jesus speaks words to them that are aimed at eliminating their fears: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (14:27).
When Jesus invites Peter out onto the waters – and he does step out – Peter is overwhelmed by the wind and waves surging around him: “when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’” (12:30).
Oftentimes, our lives look like this. We have fears that surge up around us and threaten to overwhelm us. In the middle of those fears, we are at our best when we acknowledge the fears and then look to Jesus.
This is what Peter does. Regardless of whether he should have had more faith or not, his response should have been the same: acknowledge his fears and then look to Jesus.
As we know from reading this story, Jesus reaches out to Peter and saves him In answer to his wild cry. So, what fears do we need to acknowledge before God today. How can this ||40days|| journey be an opening into the way of freedom and trust?