One of my favorite Bible passages is when Jesus walked on water to the disciples in the boat and Peter said, “Lord, if it’s You, tell me to come to You on the water.”
Jesus said, “Come.” Peter did walk on the water until he lost sight of Jesus. When he looked around and saw the boisterous waves swirling around him, he began to sink.
“Lord, save me!” Peter cried as the sea threatened to swallow him and fear and desperation choked him.
Did Jesus let him drown? No, Jesus immediately reached out His hand and caught Peter. Amazing love and faithfulness!
I can almost imagine the sorrow in Jesus’ eyes as He said, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
I, too, am of such little faith. As I look back on my life, there were so many times when wave after wave crashed over me and the undercurrent of doubt and despair sucked me under. There were even times when I wanted to just give up. Not even God cared, I thought. I once was so near to swallowing a full bottle of aspirin. Several times I was sorely tempted to drive my car off a cliff.
It’s a miracle that I didn’t take my life. Relief from my troubles and despair didn’t always come immediately, but in hindsight I see how God’s grace did spare me again and again.
Jesus is available 24/7 to lend a helping hand. It was my focus that was off. I concentrated on the storm raging within me instead of looking to Jesus and His power to save.
Reader, if you are in despair for some reason or another, take heart. There is nothing too impossible for God. I pray that Jesus will again and again open our eyes to His hand reaching out and our ears to His invitation, “Come to Me, my precious child. I will be with you no matter how dark the valley. I will never leave you or forsake you.”