“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!” – Mat 14: 29-30 (NIV)
Ever since news of the outbreak of the corona virus pandemic started spreading one characteristic seen all over has been panic. In the western world scenes of stampede across supermarkets have become a pattern. Fearing the worst, lines started queuing up in some parts of the world, wiping off goods across shelves.
Closer home some people worried whether they should also start hoarding goods. The only difference was in some parts of our cash economies that depend largely on farm produce most of the stuff is perishable and would make no sense.
But then why should people panic, stampede stores to grab anything they think can save them. A key driver is fear. There is that sense of foreboding from not knowing what would happen driving all the hoarding.
Unfortunately panic rarely solves anything – but only makes matters worse! When Peter attempted to walk on water in our passage today his disaster started when he panicked by removing his eyes from Jesus. Maybe he thought he could handle it on his own. He started to sink. Fortunately he cried out and the Lord was there to save him.
This is where in troubled times as these are we should all focus our attention. Set your eyes on Jesus!
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the mighty name of Jesus of Nazareth, that I lift up my eyes to you through troubled waters!