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Losing Focus

“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!’” (Matthew 14:29-30). 

So often I feel like Peter. In the midst of God working in my life, I take my eyes off of Him and begin to focus on the world around me. The winds of my job. The waves of my family. The rains of circumstances I don’t like. Soon, I’m sinking into depression, busyness, frustration, worry, doubt, anger. And then, just like Peter, I realize I’ve messed up and cry out to God to save me from my situation and from myself.

Verse 31 says, “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.” Jesus didn’t let Peter keep sinking to teach him a lesson or give him the cold shoulder or a lecture about his disobedience. No, Jesus reaches out His hand and catches Peter. Likewise, Jesus reaches His hand to us and gives us a second chance. He doesn’t think less of us or stop loving us because we messed up. In His grace, He catches us and puts us back on a path where He can continue doing His work in our lives.

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