Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying, to him, “You of little faith, why do you doubt?” When they got into the bat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying “Truly you are the Son of God.”
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. After the people of that place recognized him, they sent word throughout the region and brought all who were sick to him, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cload; and all who touched it were healed.
There’s a couple of things that I find amazing about this story. The first and most obvious is that Jesus freaking walked on water! What is that? I mean, what is even the purpose of that miracle, aside from showing how freaking awesome Jesus is? Not only that, but He helped Peter walk on water too!
But it’s Peter that’s really astounding in this story. Peter had enough faith in Jesus that he got out of the boat and started walking on water. But the second the wind started to blow he just freaked out and started sinking. How is it that Peter could be STANDING ON WATER, but not trust Jesus to keep him safe through the storm?
Yet, isn’t that how we all are? God blesses us in so many ways, but the moment things in our life start to get a little rough, we start to doubt. We loose faith in God’s ability to see us through, and we try to fix it all ourselves. But if we would just have a little faith we wouldn’t need fixing! Miracles are worked in our lives because of our faith. If we haven’t learned anything else from Matthew, we should learn that. If we just have faith, anything is possible.
But like ours, Peter’s faith wavers. And when he cries out for help, Jesus saves him. If we ask God for help, He will always have our backs. It may not be in the way (or time) we expect, but He will help up back into the boat, and He will calm the storm.