Monday, July 19, 2010

Matthew 14:28-31 -- On Doubt and Sustained Effort

"And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the 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?"
Matthew 14:28-31

In reading this story, I think that we all have a little Peter in us. We see something new and amazing and we want to be able to do it as well. And so we ask, and we try, and we get a taste of success. And that is *amazing* and *stupendous* ... and proves that we can really be in tune with God and participate in miraculous things. ...But then we stop. We look around, and realize that what we're doing is impossible, or difficult, or that it has to be sustained, and we can't just get the trophy and sit back on that high for the rest of our lives. It's basically the same story as Lehi's dream, or the story of Oliver trying to translate the plates. We start to do something cool, we start going in the right direction, and prove we can do it... but then we stop and realize that it's tough. That we have to follow through. And, like in Lehi's dream, a lot of us are tempted to wander off into easier paths... even after we've tasted of that perfection. It's probably about some more mundane miracles as well. Prayer. Actually feeling a connection and communication with God... that is amazing and SO important and impactful in our lives. ... and yet, we let that slide sometimes, and can even regress to the point of wondering if scripture study and prayer are doing any good. :) So like Peter. Starting out strong, believing, experiencing... seeing the *proof* ... and then wimping out. Not that Peter was a wimp. He was probably the only one with strong enough faith to climb out of the boat. Just that we so often reach the incredible and then turn back to the mundane... the safe. Where we don't have to stretch ourselves or work harder to become more and more. We get to a point and say, there, whew. I'm good enough. ... but that is never true. We can't stop praying, or reading our scriptures, or living. :) Today, let's tune in to God, rekindle that faith, and continue the good, amazing things that we've started.

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