Unless I miss my guess I would suspect all of us have, at one time or another, had that “sinking feeling.” For sure, that “lovin’ feeling” is better.
The times we have our backs against the wall and see no way out.
The times we have tried all we can to “right the ship” and it goes down like Titanic.
The times we have felt overwhelmed by life’s circumstances and want to cower in desperation.
The times we feel we have no where to turn or feel like we have no one to turn to.
This all came to my mind as I was reading from this passage Monday morning. Verse 30 got me thinking: “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’ “
I am sure you have probably heard the applications to this story. The storm. Peter’s request. Peter’s panic. Peter’s cry of desperation. Jesus’ hand hold. Jesus’ question. What I am thinking is nothing new. I would not be surprised if someone, in some pulpit this past Sunday used this story as his text. What stuck out to me again was the application I have used: Peter was doing fine as long as he kept His eyes on the Master, but as soon as his eyes wandered to the storm, he began to sink.
YEP… BEEN THERE… DONE THAT… STILL TEND TO…
I’m not proud of that fact, but it is the truth. I know the Psalms that talk about “the refuge in the storm” and “the hiding place.” I know the one that says, “I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (121:1-2) And “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (27:1)
But I also want to go on record that just because I believe He is in control and just because I believe He is there doesn’t mean the storm will dissipate or even go away for good. Rocky seas may prevail-more than I want or longer than I want. Speaking positive confession does not do the trick. Casting the mountain into the sea may take longer than I want.
BUT ONE THING I CAN COUNT ON IS HIS STEADFAST LOVE! HE WILL NEVER LEAVE ME OR FORSAKE ME.
Several years ago I heard my brother sing this song. I wish his version could be heard because it is better. And no, I am not prejudiced. I hope, if nothing else, it speaks to your heart if you are going through a sinking time right now.