Lord, Save Me!

But when [Peter] saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me”. (Matthew 14:30)

Sinking swiftly below his problems, Peter tried everything to overcome. His job wasn’t enough to maintain the life he desired, so he maxed out more than a few credit cards. Peter didn’t want to worry his wife, so he’d fake a smile and say it was all okay. Secretly he began to resent everything. His boss who didn’t pay him enough. His family who required so much of what little he made. The cost of milk that had clearly gone up in the past several months. Before he could manage to cap it off, his anger and bitterness overtook him. He was utterly unpleasant.

Then he lost his job. And then he lost it. He saw no hope. He refused to talk to his wife. She could no longer tolerate his demeanor and suggested separation. He retorted, “why don’t we just call it quits?” So they did. The house, Peter’s pride and joy, was foreclosed.

Peter hated it all. Nothing was going the way he wanted and there was nothing he could do. He began masking the emotions with alcohol, always needing more to keep the feelings at bay.

Peter was sinking and there was absolutely nothing he could do about it. So he cried out in a last ditch effort to One who could. “Lord, save me!” Simple words spoken by a man drowning as a direct result of his rash decision to join Jesus on a walk across (not around, but across) the Sea of Galilee in the middle of a terrible storm. For awhile, Peter walked on top of water. Stop and imagine that for a moment! With waves crashing all around him, rain falling, thunder clapping, lightning striking, wind howling and his eyes on his Lord only, Peter walked on water! But then he realized where he was! He was in the middle of a raging storm and what he was doing wasn’t remotely possible. He removed his eyes from Jesus. He looked at the eleven fearful men back in the boat. He saw the storm. He became afraid. Overwhelmed. This was impossible.

Just as he thought it, he proved himself right. It isn’t possible to stand on top of water. It isn’t possible to face the raging storms in our lives on our own. Oh, sure we can put on a good show for awhile, but the more we try, the more we struggle and strive, the deeper under water we find ourselves.

The only hope for both of our Peters was for Jesus to reach out His hand, take hold of them, and drag them back to the safety of the boat. “Lord, save me!”

How often we try to tread the waters. How often we forget that Jesus is standing mere inches in front of us. Standing on top of the things overwhelming us, ready to reach out His nail-marked hand and save us. “Lord, save me!” A holy refrain from the lips of His faithful. May it be also upon your lips.

Lord, save me! Amen.

 

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A Very Short Story About Living

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. Hebrews 13:17

He hated every minute living in his new “home”. He couldn’t stand the food. He was convinced the workers were stealing from him. His bed was uncomfortable. The other people who lived nearby were “old and winy”. He felt he had lost everything. From the time his son and daughter took his car away until the day they moved him into this assisted living home, he felt his sense of self slipping. His only answer was to rebel as best he could. He settled on a caustic bitterness. One day he had a visitor who, after listening to the standard barrage of grievances, boldly asked him why he was acting like this. The man had a hundred excuses, but his visitor wanted more. “Are you a Christian”, he asked pointedly. “Well, yeah, I guess I am”, came a hesitant response. “Then why are you acting like this is the end of your life? You have many more years. These people around you are here for you . . . and you are here for them. Don’t ever forget that in the midst of the ugliest of all circumstances, your Lord made the best of His environment. Even when He was on His cross He was welcoming a fellow crucified into His Kingdom. You have been welcomed into His Kingdom too. It’s easy to forget when things aren’t going your way, put please remember.” The man had nothing to say for a long time. Then he said simply, “Thank you!”

Jesus, teach us contentment and joy in all circumstances. Amen.