(Photo: Harvest Ministries)
Everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
- Luke 11:10
The Bible tells the story of Simon Peter, who was out walking on the water with Jesus. When the impossibility of the situation began to dawn on him, however, his faith faltered. He cried out, "Lord, save me!"
How easily Jesus could have said, "Where is your faith, Peter? You made your bed; now lie on it. Try swimming." But the Bible says, "And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him" (Matthew 14:31). Immediately. I like that.
When you begin to sink and cry out, "Lord, save me!" He will immediately reach out. But you must cry out for His help. That is hard for some of us to do.
As a kid, I spent a lot of time at the beach. When I was out bodysurfing one day, a big set of waves started coming in. So, I did what I was supposed to do: I swam toward the waves and went under them. When I looked up, there was another set. I swam under those too. One set after another came. The people on the beach were looking like little ants. Suddenly, I felt exhausted - with no strength left and nothing to hold onto. In that moment, I knew I was in trouble.
I realized I had two choices. I could cry, "Help!" and the lifeguard would come running with his life preserver. When we got to shore, my friends would laugh, and I would never live it down. Or, I could drown with dignity.
I cried out! A lot of us don't want to admit our need. We don't want to cry out to God. We want to maintain our dignity. But every day of my life, I need the best God has to offer. And you do too.