The story about Peter walking on the water came to mind one day when I was praying about a challenge. This story is a great illustration that shows the tremendous power of thought. In pondering its details, it was as if I climbed into the scene and sat on Jesus’s shoulder to watch Peter’s experience. I could feel Jesus’s deep hope for Peter to learn the lessons that he taught.
In my imagination I could see Peter at the bough of the ship. The scene may be described this way:
What a moment! Peter’s faith was high as he climbed out of the ship. He had been watching Jesus for a few minutes and witnessed his confidence, fearlessness, and complete calm. Jesus made it look so easy. But then after a couple of steps on the water Peter began to focus on what was going on around him – the water, the wind, the storm. And he began to sink.
In my own experience I realized that I had been making the same mistake as Peter. I was looking at the situation, “the storm”, instead of looking to the Christ. It’s often so easy to get drawn into the drama of it all.
Jesus was standing out on the water teaching Peter that matter doesn’t matter — in other words, the laws of matter are not real. The only thing that is real is our consciousness of Love and goodness. If consciousness is fixed on Love and goodness then the storm dissipates, and it is then that we can do the unimaginable.
So people, keep your faith up!
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