When we were in Israel we sailed across the Lake of Galilee. It was glorious! Rays of sunlight glistened through the clouds creating heavenly beams of light that illuminated the water. I couldn’t believe I was in the same place where Jesus calmed the wind and waves. Perhaps we were even sailing near where He walked on the water.
Initially, visiting someplace so far away frightened me. Even though Jesus walked on water, I was sure our plane would sink after it crashed into the Atlantic. If that didn’t get me, I figured Ebola or a terrorist attack would. I was like Peter in the famous water-walking story; full of faith when there was no adversity.
“Lord, if it’s you,” said Peter, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” said Jesus.
“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ He said. ‘Why did you doubt?’
Perhaps Jesus was trying to illustrate what we’d later read in James 1:6:
“The one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
That ‘wind’ that distracted Peter and caused him to sink could be any number of difficult or fearful circumstances in your life making you doubt God’s goodness.
I witnessed His goodness everywhere in Israel and came back stronger in my faith, but I almost let fear stop me from going.
Put your faith in God who is eternal. The ‘wind and the waves’ are only temporary.