But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached forth His hand and caught him. Matthew 14:30-31
I was tempted to sink this morning. I sensed it could happen quickly. An unkind retort of a friend caused me to want to respond with a purely fleshly rejoinder. I’m so like Peter. I am fearful, and I begin to sink. I get edgy and am tempted to show unkindness back, or to speak unwisely to another.
This blessed scripture reminded me that the Father has stretched forth His hand to me, just as He did to Peter so long ago.
As I took hold of His hand, I remembered also that He caught Peter. He kept him from sinking. And He did the same for me.
“The winds and the waves shall obey My will.
Peace, be still!
Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea,
Or demons, or man, or whatever it be,
No water can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean and earth and skies;
They all shall sweetly obey My will;
Peace, peace, be still!”
Mary A. Baker 1874
Prayer: Blessed Master, I sit in sack cloth and ashes over my sinful thoughts, unkind words, fear of rejection, self-centeredness and petty offense. I choose to die to my selfish longings for life to always run smoothly. I take hold of Your hand and embrace Your peace.
Thank You, Holy Lord. Amen.
Today, when you feel fear or hurt, reach out your hand and take hold of the Father’s. Rest
in His peaceful presence.
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