Saturday, June 18, 2011

How do YOU Walk on Water?

So the idea for this post all started as I thought about one of my favorite stories in the new testament; Jesus Christ walking out on water to meet his disciples. He of course, performed such a miracle through his faith. As he approached his disciples he told them, "be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid."

Peter, like so many of us, answered by saying, "Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee..." Upon hearing the master bidding him to "Come," he proceeded to walk on water. The winds blow and Peter's faith begins to decline and with it, so does he. He then cries out to the Lord saying: " 'Save me.' And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him..."

Despite Peter's loss of faith I can not help but admire his efforts. He was willing to push forward with faith in Jesus Christ; to accomplish something that he had never before, set out to do. Each of us have similar experiences in our lives; where we are trying to walk on water through tumultuous times.

Too often in today's world, however, I see people trying to take a different course. Much like the picture above men set out to imitate the miracle of walking on water through a medium of intelligence and understanding; rather than a medium of faith. However, imitations are never as good as the real deal and the beauty is distorted. Just as the beauty in watching the person on the right walk across the water is lost in watching the person on the left imitate the same miracle.

In the long run, our faith in the Savior and his atonement is the only thing that will carry us across the tumultuous winds and waves of life safely. We must not cheat ourselves of a miracle so beautiful as that. 

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