When Peter was walking on water toward Jesus during a storm, he was quickly distracted by the wind and waves. Peter doubted and lost focus – then he began to sink. But as soon as Peter cried out for help, Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him (Matthew 14:29-31).
Life gets too busy. Work becomes exhausting. Classes are hard. Something is always broke and needs to get fixed. There are errands to run. Laundry and cleaning to do. The lawn needs mowing and the snow shoveled (hold it on that one, it’s only September!). And there never seems to be any time to just relax. Like Peter, I can get so distracted in the day’s tasks that I lose focus on God. I forget to ask Him for help of any kind – and I begin to sink.
When I get busy, my prayer time is the first to suffer. I force myself to sit down for a “quick” morning prayer, then tell myself I’ll spend more time with God tomorrow. But, tomorrow never happens, and I feel like I have to make it up to God for being so busy and distracted that I lost sight of Him. But that’s not how God works. As soon as we turn to Him for help, God reaches out without hesitation.
In the midst of the storm, Jesus took Peter’s hand and asked, “Why did you doubt?” (v. 31). We can doubt, too. When we’re unsettled by the chaos of life, it’s easy to forget that God is standing in the middle of the storm with us. No matter what we’re going through, Jesus is there. He is here. Next to us in this moment, reaching out to rescue us.
May we pray this week to turn to Jesus in the midst of our busyness and life’s distractions. Let’s thank Him for always being here, ready to catch us. Because, in the midst of our storms, Jesus is waiting for us to turn to Him. Like Peter, all we have to do is ask.