by Dick Buckingham
I have been thinking lately about Peter’s trek upon the waters of the Sea of Galilee (Matt. 14:22-33) thanks to a currently meaningful song by Hillsong United, “Oceans.”* The opening stanza of the song personalizes this experience of one of His disciples.
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
forward toward Him, Peter began to look about himself. He was reminded again of all his experience with water in the past. It had never held him up before. And the wind and waves! These had not ceased just because he was out of the boat. These continued to rise and fall as they had been doing much of the night and now he felt vulnerable outside the safety of the boat. He took his eyes off Jesus and focused upon his circumstances. This is something you and I know well. We know with all our hearts that God is good. We know that He is more than able to do far more abundantly than we can think or imagine. Yet our gaze is drawn with laser-focus to our circumstances and we begin to think these will overwhelm us. We take our focus off the One who knows us and knows everything we are going through and knows the way through. Just like Peter, we began to sink and the old fear comes back once again.
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Your sov’reign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now