Life is full of ups and downs. One minute you are perfectly happy and healthy. You have a great spouse, great kids. Perfect job, a house of your dreams…and then, out of nowhere, things start going downhill. Maybe you find out something terrible about your spouse from before you knew them. Maybe someone special in your life dies suddenly. Maybe your dream job becomes a nightmare. Maybe you find out what they mean by the “Joys of Home ownership”. How far do we let the downs in life get before we snap? How long until we start pointing blame on others. How often do we turn to God to get us through? How immediate do we expect his assistance? In a world surrounded by instant gratification, it can be difficult to find the patience for God.
Imagine what it must have been like for Jesus’ disciples on the boat, tossing and turning, afraid this sudden storm was going to capsize them. Scared to death that this journey would be their last. They had just witnessed Jesus feeding hundreds of people from starting with what would normally be barely enough for one person. And then he sends you off on a boat while he climbs a mountain to pray, leaving you to die in a storm on a boat. “Where is God now?” they would think. And then out of nowhere Jesus comes to them, walking on the water. Peter challenged what they saw after Jesus assured them it was he. Peter had enough faith to climb out of the boat and he also began to walk on the water. But then he saw how strong the wind was and lost faith, he began to sink. And immediately Jesus stretching forth his hand took hold of him, and said to him: O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt? (Matthew 14:31).
Life is like the storm, it can feel impossible at times to manage. I’m sure some of the other disciples would have tried to talk Peter out of leaving the boat, saying he was crazy to do it. Much like people of the world would try to talk you out of staying with someone who may have done some things you feel strongly against. Much like people would say you would be justified for leaving a troubled marriage, forgetting all about the vow of marriage before God saying “…Till Death do us part”.
If we have faith in God and do our best to live the devout life, we can be assured that no matter how turbulent the waves may be, God will walk us over them. It has been said time and time again “If God puts you into something, he can get you through it”. It is a test of our faith that we must pass in order to become worthy of heaven, or deserving of hell. The choice is entirely ours. And you can be sure that if you choose the easy route, the route the people of the world try to convince you is good, no grace will come from God in your life. Only more pain.
Have faith and stay true to the word of God, and you will surely walk of water.