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 14:30
If you've been around the church any amount of time, you recognize this story. It's a tale for the ages, easily adaptable for children as well as adults. We don't see many people walking on water these days, so it's easily recognized as a miracle.
Normally, when I've read about Peter walking on water with Jesus, I've noticed that he doubted. Had he just believed, he would have continued walking on water like a boss! But even though Peter doubted, Jesus still lifted him from the water and saved him. Thank goodness!
Just a short while before the walking-on-water debacle happened though, Jesus was surrounded by a crowd whilst in a boat on another lake of all places, and Peter was among the people listening. Jesus spoke of a farmer who sowed seed among a path (which birds came and ate), among rocky places (which sprouted but quickly withered by the scorching heat because it had no root), among thorns (which grew but also died because of getting choked out by the plants), and among good soil (which grew and produced a fruitful crop). Many of the people didn't understand what he was talking about at the time, including Peter.
His closest friends- his twelve disciples- immediately came to him and asked him to translate his story so they could understand. So these guys are getting the direct scoop from Jesus himself, mind you!
Jesus translated the entire story (which you can read in detail in Matthew 13:11-23), so when he told them that the man who lets the worries of his life choke away the word in his heart is like the seed planted among the thorns, they must have been paying attention.
Yet there Peter was, walking on water, staring at Jesus walking on water, when he allowed the waves, the wind and the worries surrounding him to choke out his faith. And that's when he sunk.
How easily do we let the worries of our lives choke out the hope we have in Jesus? What are you facing today that's trying to steal your faith? Don't you see- there is nothing this world could do to us that could steal away our miracle. We can willfully give it away by worrying. But no one can take it from us!
Don't let the worries you're facing today steal your faith. Everything is going to be okay. When you're scared, get on your knees and talk to your Heavenly Father. Tell him what worries you, then let it all go so He can take care of it. Remember who you are and whose you are, and allow the Word to produce a crop in you like you never believed possible.
"But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop." -Luke 8:15