“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:29-31

Dear Convergence Family,

Peter has always been a favorite character of mine from scripture. He has done many great things for the kingdom of God, but it is his challenges that encourage me. It’s in his struggles that Christ’s grace is experienced.

Jesus has just miraculously fed the 5000 and has sent his disciples ahead of him by boat while he went up a mountainside to pray. The disciples were buffeted by high waves due to strong winds and found themselves struggling. After sometime Jesus joined them in one of the most famous miracles, by walking on water. Not surprisingly, the disciples thought it was a ghost, and after Jesus revealed himself, Peter asked Jesus if he could join him on the water.

I see so much of myself in the disciples and Peter in this story. There are times that Jesus has shown up in my life and I failed to see him and saw a “ghost” because it was not what I expected. As Peter walks out to meet Jesus, his focus shifts to the wind and away from Jesus and he begins to sink. Wind comes in many forms. For me it comes in looking at my mistakes, looking at my past, self-doubt, and comparisons. We all have wind, but we must take heart and focus our eyes back to Jesus.

What is your wind? In 2 weeks, we will be gathering together to remember Christ’s death and resurrection. We will reflect on the night that Christ was betrayed and abandoned by his closest friends. We will celebrate Christ’s ultimate show of grace. Whatever wind is trying to shake you, be reminded that Christ hand is always extended. He calms the wind and the waves. In the midst of our doubts, Christ is faithful and is not done with us!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Joe