When you think about the month of December what is the first thing that usually comes to mind?
The end of another year? Holidays? Family? Love? Sharing? Laughter? Chaos? Loneliness? Sadness?
The disciples were in a boat, during the night and the boat was a long distance from the land, tossed and battered by the waves for the wind was against them. During the fourth watch of the night (between 3am and 6am) Jesus went out to them walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, 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," Jesus 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?" Matthew 14:22-33
While Peter was walking on the water, as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he was able to walk on top of the water. But when he took his eyes off Jesus, he became afraid and begin to sink. When I think of Peter walking on the water, I like to think of the water representing the circumstances of life. Sometimes those circumstances seem to overtake us as we get so involved in what is happening around us. But in the mist of whatever is going on in our life, we can walk above the circumstances, rather than be over taken by them. If we keep our eyes on the main reason we celebrate Christmas we will continue to find peace and joy in the season that so often seems to rob us of the true meaning. Let's focus on who the season is really about. Jesus is his name.