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.

 

True Love

“Greater love has no one that this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” John 15:13-14

Scroll to the top of this page and you will see a visual representation of what love truly is. As if stretching out wide to wrap you with a tender embrace, Jesus’ Holy arms are outstretched. But no hugging will these arms perform for they are affixed to an unrelenting cross. You see, it’s not simply in the hug of a sacred Savior that shows the love of God. Rather, it is in the surrender of a short life in sacrifice for you that shows the full and true love of God.

We love because (and only because) He first loved us. In a society that tells us love is little more than a fleeting feeling, true love is all but entirely elusive. Love must not be relegated to a brief sensation that tickles our tummies.

Love is action. Love is a meal for a starving man. Love is a sweet smile and warm greeting. Love is a promise to your children that you will be there for them unconditionally. Love is a husband and wife mutually sacrificing for the sake of each other. Our love starts with the loving actions of our most merciful Messiah.

Love is the Son of God leaving behind His glory for a life of misery. Love is Jesus leaving His right-hand-of-God-throne behind to take his place on a cross. Love is the Lord Jesus Christ dying so that you will live. Love is the promise that because Jesus is raised from the dead, so will His faithful. Love is life in perfect communion with your creator for eternity. Love is Jesus! Share this love freely!

“What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!”
What Wondrous Love Is This (LSB, 543)