DAY 215 OF 365 IN 2021
HE “SAW” THE WIND
Matthew 14:30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
There are a number of things you can get away with pretending to do: sleeping or studying. While there may be no immediate impacts, long term evidence like doing bad on a test or getting irritated and stressed from the lack of sleep become evident. In our Gospel today, we have an action that one ought not even consider pretending to do: “walking on water” – you might be treading uncharted territories with the manner of waves and storms the sea roars with.
We also infer today that Peter was not pretending, his eyes were so fixed on Jesus’ while walking on the water that he didn’t even realise the winds were that strong. However, there came a moment in time when ‘he saw the wind’- he took his eyes off the one who bid him to walk on the water with him and in that brief moment, the intensity of the waves actually registered in his mind.
Briefly then, allow me to ask a question while you are in “safety” of your ship: “You can feel storm, can’t you?” Oh, yes you can. Let’s not even pretend for a second that there are none because there are waves so strong that even when you pretend they are non-existent, their after effects will become evident regardless.
It is where your eyes are fixed that will determine your response amidst the storms of life. So another question for consideration “on what or on who are your eyes fixed while the storms rage?”