that sinking feeling

 Sometimes I try to put myself in the shoes of Peter when he asked Jesus about trying to walk on water.  I think it took alot of guts, bravado and possibly faith to get out of the boat & walk to Jesus.  The rest of the disciples in the boat were probably scared, incredulous, amazed, astounded and possibly jealous that Peter could be so bold.  Nevertheless, it would seem to me that they had to stabilize the boat when Peter was getting out of it, so that it wouldn’t tip over (ever try to get in or out of a boat without the help of a pier???).  It took some teamwork to help Peter get out of the boat.  Once he started to walk on the water, everyone including Peter were probably shocked out of their skin.  But I think that Jesus had a smirk & maybe a bit of a sly wink.

When Peter started to sink, all bets were off and everyone except Jesus started to freak out.  Seems like this is often the case with me – I love the beginning of any adventure & the rush of adrenaline  that goes with the initial momentum.  But when I sense adversity or hardship, it’s easy to get distracted from keeping my eyes on Jesus and focus on the various struggles.  That’s where the sinking feeling starts.  So here’s some encouragement:  no matter what the circumstances, your feelings, adversities, hardships, struggles and what may seem impossible, we must give ourself no choice but to focus on Jesus.  All other focuses can drown us in failure, sadness, discouragement and struggle.

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