“Peter Sinks in the Water”: Based on Matthew 14:22-33
Have you ever gone on a boat ride? What was it like? Did the boat rock back and forth? Was it windy? Did you feel scared? One day, Jesus and the disciples sailed to a mountain where Jesus could be alone. That night, the disciples slept in the boat while Jesus stayed on land, but then a storm came and the boat got tossed around in the waves. Peter stood up in the boat and saw Jesus walking toward them along the top of the water. It was unbelievable! But Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.” Now, Peter wasn’t sure if what he was seeing was really Jesus or if he was dreaming, so he said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to walk on the water too.” Jesus said, “Come.” And Peter stepped out of the safety of the boat into the waves. The wind began to the blow, and the water was very deep, and Peter was scared, so he started to sink. But just as he was sinking, Jesus reached out and caught him. They stepped back into the boat and the stormed calmed. When we feel scared or uncertain, let us remember God’s outstretched hand.