In the Bible, Peter sees Jesus from afar, as he is in the boat. He asks Jesus if it is Him, to tell him to come to Him. So, Jesus tells Peter to come. Peter puts his feet out of the boat and starts walking on the water towards Jesus. But there is a storm at the very same time that he is walking towards Jesus, and at a point, Peter takes his eyes off of Jesus and looks at the storm and begins to sink.
I used to think that Peter was crazy for taking his eyes off of Jesus. Like, why would you even doubt Peter? Why look at the storm? But in fact, I have come to realize that this is something I do too frequently. When in a storm, instead of keeping my eyes on Jesus, I get distracted.
I now imagine how Peter might have felt. In faith he walks towards Jesus. His feet do not sink as long as his eyes are on Jesus and as long as he walks towards Him. But the waves were against them, the water was but calm. Complete chaos is happening around Peter. Stepping out of the boat and starting to walk on water does not seem to have been the best idea all of a sudden. Because as much as his eyes are on Jesus, Jesus is still at a distance. He has to walk to Him to reach Him.
Thinking about it, how normal it is for Peter to watch all that was moving around him. For once, he looks at the chaos, the mess, the uncertainty, the confusion, the trouble, the storm. Yet, it is at this point that he begins to sink. Why is that? He was doing well the entire time. It is because as his eyes shifts from Jesus, so does his focus. His focus is now on the storm and as long as he watches the storm, he will sink.
I believe that Peter had to walk to Jesus who is still at a distance from him because Jesus needed Peter to know: although you are in a storm, can you keep your eyes on me with the distance between us? Though I seem far, are you able to still look for me and focus on me to walk on water, to walk all over this storm.
You cannot expect to survive the storm while watching how hard the wind blows against you. Focusing on this magnifies it in the light of Jesus. This is when Jesus as a focal point becomes not only blurry but also small. As our minds pick up on the chaos through the lenses of our eyes, it becomes easy to forget that our Savior is right in the storm with us in the first place. He is telling you: come to me, keep your eyes on me.
There might be a storm in your life right now, as there is in mine. This is something that God reminded me this morning, to keep my focus on Him. Do not get distracted by the magnitude of the problem. Do not get distracted by the pain you might feel. Remember that you are not in this alone.
No matter where the struggle is, in whatever area we might be experiencing a storm, let us be encouraged to remain focus on Jesus. How do we do it? By remembering that we are not alone and He is with us. That God works everything for our good. His will is to bring us to an expected end. Not
Peter stepping out of the boat was a clear act of faith that Jesus, in the midst of this storm I am coming to you, I am going to keep my eyes on you. And as long as he did, he did not sink. This storm will make me do things I have never done before, bring me to places I have never been to before, I am going to walk on water. This storm will not get the best of me, I will get the best of it. Instead of sinking, I will be walking all over it.