Walking on the Troubled Waters of Life

Matthew-14--30-31 In thinking about the storms of life, I recall the words of Dr. Aaron Parker, who spoke of the cycle of life, whereby, as believers, we are either in the midst of a storm or coming out of a storm and preparing to go through another storm. The statement was made in a series of teachings following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. One of the teachings related the riveting account of Jesus Christ, who comes walking on the water in the midst of a horrific storm and Peter’s response, found in Matthew 14: 25-33 in the Amplified Bible:

25 And in the fourth watch [between 3:00—6:00 a.m.] of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified and said, It is a ghost! And they screamed out with fright.

27 But instantly He spoke to them, saying, Take courage! I Am! Stop being afraid!

28 And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.

29 He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus.

30 But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]!

31 Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?

32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

33 And those in the boat knelt and worshiped Him, saying, Truly You are the Son of God!

Recently Bishop Charles Mellette of Christian Provision Ministries has also made reference to Peter and his walking on the water, noting that even though Peter became distracted and start to sink, he recovered and walked back to the boat with the Lord. The teaching by Bishop Mellette brought to mind this poem in which I personalized the account of Peter’s demonstrated boldness and his recovery:

Walking on the Troubled Waters of Life                  

Matthew 14:22-33


In the fourth watch, long before the sun begins to rise,

A tempest attacks my ship with waves that overwhelm.

My vessel seems abandoned with no one at the helm

When a vision of the Savior appears before my eyes:

Jesus comes walking on the troubled waters of life.

As storms of our times bring conflict, confusion and strife.

May I not be fretful, anxious, cowardly like some,

But like Peter say, “Since you are my Lord, bid me come.”

And step out of the boat to walk on the storm-tossed sea.

While battered by fierce waves, tormented and tossed about,

In the time of my distress I cry out, “Lord, save me!”

He then asks, “O, you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

In the midst of turbulent times, may I “get a grip”

And walk hand in hand with the Master back to the ship.

                   

Michael Card offers “Walking on Water,” a personalized musical rendering of the passage from Matthew 14, set against the scene, as depicted in the mini-series The Bible:

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