52 Weeks 52 Verses: Immediatley

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, 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 worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Matthew 14:25-32

We all have heard the story of Jesus walking on water, it is one of my favorites in the Bible. When Peter finds himself sinking, Jesus responds to his call immediately, He doesn’t wait or watch as Peter struggles Jesus reaches out to Peter as soon as he cries out. I love this story so much, it is a reminder of our daily walk, we try and try to keep our focus on Jesus, to keep seeing Him, we praise Him when things are going great but often times find ourselves sidetracked when things get tough. We start to focus on our own problems, the issues that get in the way, we stop looking towards Jesus and instead watch the growing storm, we pay attention to the shifting winds, we turn a little rain into a tornado and forget the most important thing we can do, which is keep our eyes on Jesus, to follow Him and trust in Him through everything.

And although we get distracted by life, by our problems, by the world, our television, friends and family, just like Paul, Jesus has never abandoned us. As soon as Paul cries out Jesus catches him. immediately. Not before we reach out to Him, not after we have cried out but immediately! He never leaves our side! He is just waiting for us to refocus and remember that only with His help can we make it through, and that no matter what is going on in our lives, Christ is always their to catch us when we slip and fall and pay more attention to the world around us.

-Elle

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