“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” (Henry Ford)
When I read Ford’s words, my mind rushed to the story of Peter walking on the water (Matthew 14). It’s an account many of us learned as children. In fact, it was a lesson we taught to the kids in VBS just this past summer. We learned it as children, but I fear we’ve forgotten it as adults.
So for today, let’s remember a miraculous moment that taught a simple truth. Jesus had just fed the 5,000 and afterwards sent the disciples on ahead while He dismissed the crowd. As the disciples fought the storm on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus caught up simply by walking on the water.
Peter, trying to determine if it was really Christ they saw, asked Jesus to allow him to walk on the water also. And all went well, until…
… he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:30)
Peter was doing the improbable. No, he was doing the impossible – as long as He kept his eyes focused on the Lord. But the moment he took his eyes off Christ, he was overwhelmed by the storm.
I know the story; you know the story – yet almost every day we face a storm and are forced to choose what we’ll focus upon. Will it be the storm or the Savior? Will we see only the wind and waves? Or will we keep our eyes on the One who can see us through them? One focus results in sinking fear – the other in peace – even if the storm continues to rage.
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