Pastor Vince made a powerful side comment recently regarding his personal health. In essence what he said was he that was not concerned with the outcome, as he is assured that the Lord is not going to take him, before God fulfilled his purpose with him. The focus is on God and His plan, not our own.
Matthew 14: 25f reads, “Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them [the disciples], walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. 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 hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God. [Italics mine]”
Jesus was walking on water. This is clearly the act of God. It defies the laws of reason and of nature. But what happens next is powerful. Peter, a mere man, is allowed, with Jesus’ invitation, to join Him. His sight was on the divine. His goal was to be with his Lord.
Then Peter is distracted. He takes his eyes off the object of his desire, his goal. He sees the wind and the waves, and he sinks. Wow! Aren’t we like that? We start off with great intentions. We are on fire for our Lord, but the world (the symbolic wind and waves) steps in. We lose our focus and we sink.
Thankfully, as in Peter’s case the Lord is there to reach out a hand and remind us of His presence.
I am thankful to the Lord for that assurance in the account of Peter. And I am thankful for the example of godly men and women like Vince, that look beyond the blustery sea of life, and into the face of the Lord.
May we all do like-wise.