But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me! Matthew 14:30
Today as I drove the kids to school, my truck began making a beeping noise indicating that something was not right. When I looked, I quickly remembered that I forgot to tell my hub and son the night before, the rear left tire needed air and needed to be filled. I looked in my rear view mirror, looked at my son and said to him, “Oh Fredo, I forgot to tell you to fill my tire. Please remember to do that after I get home from work today.” He says, “Okay mom. Can you just check the tire pressure for me?” I said, “no, not really; I don’t want to look at it and then have to worry about it driving to work and back home.”
As my mouth uttered those words, the Holy Spirit reminded me of when Jesus asked Peter to come and walk on water with him. The scripture reads….
So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out Lord, save me [from death]! Matthew 14:29-30
I thought to myself, what does my vehicles tire pressure and Peter have to do with anything? God always has a purpose, even in the mundane. This is what I believe the Holy Spirit showed me.
The low tire pressure represented the storm that was raging in this passage. How easy, boldly, with such confidence and assurance was I able to tell my son, “no, not really; I don’t want to look at it and then have to worry about it driving to work and back home.” I made a concious decision to not look at it and just uttered a very small prayer, ” Lord be with me,” kind of like Peter did, when “he cried out Lord, save me!”
I drove to work, came back home and all was fine with the world. As I reflected on this I thought, how many times in life situations do I take my eyes off of Jesus? The chaos going on around me distracts me and I begin to sink. All because I allowed the winds of life, the storm raging, the water splashing hard upon my face to distract my focus off of Jesus.
If I can so boldly and with such assurance say about my trials/storms what I said about not looking at the tire pressure, I would live life with a lot more peace, yes even in the storm. It’s not that the low tire pressure warning wasn’t in my face all the way to work and all the way home, it was, beeping and flashing at me (just as the storm was in Peter’s face while he was walking on water out to Jesus). I just chose to ignore it until I could take care of it.
Worrying, calling my husband (who was already at work), or getting angry and upset at myself for not remembering was not going to get that tire filled. But relying on God to be with me was the most important thing I did have. Okay, please don’t misinterpret me. I’m not saying to ignore your cars warnings. But what I am saying is this.
When…. – things at work aren’t going well; don’t look at the tire pressure. – finances are tight and you don’t know if what you have will cover all the bills; don’t look at the tire pressure. – your ceiling is leaking due to a bad winter; don’t look at the tire pressure. – your children are making choices contrary to what you’ve taught them; don’t look at the tire pressure. – the house is a hot mess, laundry is piling up and kids aren’t helping; don’t look at the tire pressure.
Today I made the choice to not look at what the tire pressure read (the storm), because at that moment it was out of my control. There was no way I was going to get the kids to school and myself to work on time if I had to make another stop to fill up the tire. (again, not recommended)
But check out what happened when I did utter that still small prayer. The bible says that Jesus INSTANTLY reached out and the storm ceased.
Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?
And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
And those in the boat knelt and worshiped Him, saying, Truly You are the Son of God! Matthew 14:31-33 AMP
You see, God showed up, watched over me, got me to work and home safe, and best of all, I didn’t look at the storm. My eyes stayed fixed on the one who could make the storm cease.
I pray the Lord would help me to always respond in this way in all of my trials/storms. But even if I don’t and I lack faith; He will still save me and the storm will eventually cease.
To God be the Glory!!!!