The Story of Jesus (One of my favorite parts…)
There is a saying among circus people, from P.T. Barnum himself, that says, “always leave them wanting more!”. It was the idea to put people on the edge of their seats with the performance of a lifetime then stop and hope they but a ticket for the next time they are in town. People always want more and more. It seems to be human nature.
Jesus is more than enough to us! He goes before the Father every time something big happens, (like a miracle no one else can do), and the people want more, expect more, lose faith if there isn’t more. Jesus is God’s Son who was there at the beginning of the world’s existence. But our faith is weak when we are overwhelmed with what we think is the impossible. Our fear of the unknown overrides our complete trust in our known God. It happened to Peter, but think about how Peter learned an important life transforming lesson. He, my friends, at least got out of the boat!
Matthew 14, Msg (After miraculously feeding 5000 plus people!)
22-23 As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night.
24-26 Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror.
27 But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”
28 Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”
29-30 He said, “Come ahead.”
Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”
31 Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”
32-33 The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”
Yes, dear Jesus, your are more than enough for me! I have jumped out of the boat at times only to be overwhelmed by the task you called me to do, but there you were, taking my hand and together we completed the task. Thank you, dear Lord. You are more than enough for me. (And thank you, Peter, for jumping out of the boat to walk with the Master!, even if just for a little while on water!)
Dear Heavenly Father, The Story of YOU in Your Word gets to me every time! You are God and we are not. That’s why we trust you with all that is within us. Forgive our doubts led by fear of the unknown. Put Your Hand on us and lift us up to where You are. Help us think more like You so we will behave more like you in every detail of this journey here. We know You are with us, Emmanuel. In Jesus Name, amen!