ONLY FOR A MOMENT

 ONLY FOR A MOMENT
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Peter said to Him,
“Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
And He said,
“Come!”
And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out,
“Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him,
“You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying,
“You are certainly God’s Son!”
Matthew 14:28-33

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I wonder what the other disciples were thinking as they watched the drama play out on the stormy gales of the Sea of Galilee.
Were they glad they didn’t utter hasty words to be met by a final wave-swept demise?
Were they envious of the simple word,
“Come,”
uttered to the only one who dared to call out?
Were their backs straightened just a bit as they watched Peter slip out of the boat and dare the impossible?
Were they envious of those first emerging steps that skimmed the wind-tossed waves in defiance of the elements?
Hmm. I cannot help but wonder.
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Then Peter began to doubt, began to look and see the waves, and begin to wonder.
First the thinking … then the sinking.
And the trusting heart and gazing eyes looked down and lost their way and for just a moment all momentum and footing was lost.
But only for a moment.
Peter, once again, called out and for a second time was miraculously delivered.
And I wonder, in the end, which was the greatest deliverance of all ...
Was it being saved from the waves, saved from the doubt ... or saved from the simple thoughts of men?
Hmm…
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Those in the boat didn’t experience the sinking,
But neither did they experience the holy hands lifting.

Don’t be afraid to be a “Peter” in the storm.
The voice is true of the One that calls you;
  The arms are strong of the One who saves.
Look to Jesus,
Walk to Jesus ... in your storm.