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? - Matthew 14:29-31 NIV
When my sons were younger and we would go swimming, I would always have to convince them to jump into the water. I'd go in first and hold my hands out and tell them to jump to me. Initially, it was a tough task. They would come to the edge and then go back. Eventually, they would gather enough faith and courage to overcome their fear and doubt and jump in. The key was that they focused on me and trusted me as their father to keep them safe. Once in, they would start to enjoy being in the water.
How often have we been in that same situation as my 2 sons? There is something that we are called to do by God, but have fear and doubt about doing it. Like my sons who trusted me and jumped in the water, we need to focus on Christ and trust that He will keep us safe from harm. Once we do that, we can start to enjoy the life that our Father created us to live. There is a story from a book that I had read some years ago, "It Only Takes a Minute" by Willie Jolley that really brings this concept home and I would like to share it with you. It appears below:
Once upon a time there were two evil brothers named Fear and Doubt that would go around knocking on people's doors. Whenever they opened it, Fear and Doubt would rush in and turn their lives upside down wrecking their hopes and keeping them afraid of living their dreams. These two brothers went from house to house and city to city wrecking people's lives and dreams. One day, they came to this beautiful house on the hill and they looked at each other and said, 'let's go there!' We can really do damage at this place! They ran up to the door and knocked, but little did they know that this was the home of their mortal enemies, Faith and Courage. No one answered. They knocked again and still no answer. Fear and Doubt became angrier and angrier and knocked harder and harder. Finally, Faith and Courage answered the door, and there was no one at the door! Faith and Courage looked up and down the street and still there was no one present. The reason why they didn't see anyone is because in the face of Faith and Courage, Fear and Doubt always disappears!
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.