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WAVES AND FAITH
Jesus went out to them,
walking on the lake.
Matthew 14:25 (read 14:22-33) – NIV
"Life is a journey by boat,
bobbing in the waves of ignorance,
sailing on a sea of mystery."
James Fowler, Stages
This story uses
powerful images that reach the depths of the human soul - threatening stormy
waves and a fragile boat. Also there is the contrast between the fear of the
force of the sea and the power of faith to calm storms.
In Bible stories
the sea represents obstacles, hazards and uncontrollable and unpredictable
forces. In the Genesis flood the whole world became a sea and destroyed most of
mankind, animals and birds. The Red Sea was an obstacle to be overcome on the
Jew`s flight from Egypt. The sea became dangerous because of the sin of Jonas
as he fled from God`s command. Paul suffered shipwreck. Revelation forecasts a
paradise without a sea.
In the Bible,
the boat represents safety. Noah's ark was the salvation of the human race and
the fauna. Jonas lost the ship's safety by being disobedient to God's commands.
The church identifies itself as the ship of salvation and adopts the boat as a
symbol. On it souls find safety from the stormy sea of life and sometimes a
sinful "Jonas" is tossed overboard to preserve its purity.
speaks of our spiritual life. The sea and the storms are God made, but boats
are made by humans. Churches and theological systems are "spiritual boats" which
we build according to our lack of faith and our fears.
Could it be that
the smaller our faith, the bigger we build our religious boat? We think great
temples, concentrations, movements and religious manifestations are works of
faith. Really? Being a man of faith, Jesus did not need a boat. His faith was
not the temple, but came from meditation and prayer, alone on a mountainside.
In contrast, we are more similar to the 450 prophets of Baal who relied on
their shouting on Mount Carmel (I Kings 18:26-29). To what extent does our
religiousness represent faith and not fear? Are we afraid to get out of the
Faith may not
calm the storm, but can give us strength to overcome the waves. Life`s waves
may be huge and produce fear, but love can cast out fear. By getting out of the
boat and facing the waves with faith we can bring hope to those who are rowing
against the adverse winds of life.
14:22-33 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat
and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After
he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later
that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable
distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on
the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.
“It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It
is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come
to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
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!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
“You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died
down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the
Son of God.”