Panic

Panic is defined as “a sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior that often spreads quickly.” (www.dictionary.com) Panic is a “popular word” today as the coronavirus spreads. There are now over 113,000 cases confirmed around the world. Life may change for all of us in the future, but. . .?

I’m reminded of the time when Peter panicked. In Matthew 14:22-33, Jesus had just performed the miracle of turning the young lad’s five loaves and two fishes into enough food to feed 5000 men, not counting women and children. He finally sent the multitudes away and went up into a mountain to pray. His disciples were in a ship in the middle of the Sea of Galilee and the wind had blown up, tossing the ship with the waves. In the fourth watch of the night, sometime between 3:00 – 6:00 am, Jesus came towards the ship, walking on the water. The disciples cried out in fear, wondering if it was a ghost, when Jesus called out to them saying, “Be of good cheer, it is I; be not afraid.” Peter answered Him, saying, “Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water.” (I just love Peter!) Jesus said, “Come.” Peter got out of that boat and started walking across that water to go to Jesus. “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, ‘Lord, save me.’ And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

There are several points to ponder when you think of Peter’s panic. First of all, did you get that Peter actually did walk on the water! Jesus said it, and it happened. His promises to us will also “really happen.” Second, Peter was able to walk on the water as long as he kept his eyes on the Lord. He only began to sink when he panicked, seeing the winds and the waves. When we take our eyes off the Lord, we, too, begin to sink back into sin. But – did you notice that as soon as Peter cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately stretched forth his hand and caught him. When things happen in this life that cause us to panic, Jesus is there, with His hand reaching out for ours. You can’t get any better than that.

May we not panic. Oh, and wash your hands! God Bless, Courtney

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