Looking unto Jesus and not at the obstacles which meet us in our path. As soon as we stop to consider them, they amaze us, confuse us and overwhelm us because we are incapable of understanding either the reason why they are permitted or the means by which we may overcome them. The Apostle Peter began to sink as soon as he turned to look at the waves tossed by the storm; it was while he was looking at Jesus that he walked on the waters as on a rock (see Matt. 14:22-36). The more difficult our task, the more terrifying our temptations, the more essential it is that we look only at Jesus.
Long ago I learned that the essential question to ask when trials and difficulties and sorrows rise up before me is not, ‘why?” but “what now?’ “What now would you have me do God?” Monod has the answer, let every challenge only be a challenge to look to Christ and wait on Him. In the storms of life our only true comfort is to know that Jesus walks on the water.
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." 29 So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, "Truly You are the Son of God." Matthew 14:22-33
Can We Pray? Father teach me that faith found in succinct words. When pressed by the seemingly insurmountable problems of life. I look to Your Son, master of the sea and storm and only say, “Lord save me!” Amen