REACH OUT FIRST

Tuesday: 7th August, 2018

Reference text: Matthew 14:22-36

Matthew 14:30,31 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

There is something evident in today’s Gospel: when Peter wanted to walk on water, He awaited Jesus’ command, which he received. Even though we can argue that Peter had the strength to call out a few more times as he has just began to sink, to Jesus, that was no reason to delay. The words ‘Lord, Save me’, meant an immediate and urgent response was needed from. Him. Long story short: there was no time to play around, because a sinking man had called for help.

What is interesting about this whole episode is the contrast between this and how our world currently functions: we find ourselves in a system where a sinking man is likely to be questioned as to how they found themselves in their current position before a hand is reached out to save them. That may seem extreme, but a look around all but confirms this reality.

My dear, people who are actually sinking, could really do with a quicker outstretched arm and a lot less chastisement from us, rather than the interrogations we subject them to before reaching out. For all we know, they may have reached breaking point and that cry for help may have been summoned using the very last of their remaining strength in the hope that someone will answer.

It is also true that many call out for help they could do without, but that should in no way make us unresponsive to the cries for help that reach our ears. Sweetheart, nothing holds you back from digging deeper into a situation to gain better insight, but like Jesus; can you also hold off asking those questions until your hand is offered to the one calling out?

Remember # for many, it takes a lot to even cry out for help.

#sly

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