Are you one of those people who wants to know how something works? Are you curious to how the engine of a car runs or are you fascinated to see the interworking of a clock? Or are you that person who couldn’t care less and really doesn’t care how a hot dog is made (it’s disgusting by the way). All you care about is that it tastes good, or that the car gets you where you’re going.
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with how things worked. So much so that I took my parents VCR apart, for those millennials reading a VCR is a device we used to watch movies. When I was in high school I even took apart our first computer and put it back together again. And yes, it did work.
BEING IN CONTROL
A big part of why I care so much about how something works is that I want to be in control. I know that is odd, but think about it. If I understand all the internal pieces that make something work, then I can fix it when it doesn’t.
This tends to bleed over into my personal life. I try so hard to understand everything, every situation, every person, so that when something does happen I can be in control.
Control is something many of us really have a hard time letting go of.
We see the same situation in Scripture. It’s the classic story of Peter walking on the water.
Matthew 14:24-33 “…and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, 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,” he 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?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
HOW MANY TIMES?
How many times in our lives do we find ourselves being tossed by the waves? And how many times are we walking on the water because of Jesus but we try to control the situation by taking our eyes off Him?
Control is just the illusion of power over a situation. The reason we try to control it all is because we’re afraid. We’re afraid of failure, being hurt, not being accepted, and unfortunately those things are a part of life. But if we believe so deeply that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, why don’t we trust Him?
Ask yourself the same question that Jesus asked Peter; “Why did you doubt?”
Do you cause the sun to rise? Do I cause the world to turn? No, there is only One who does.
OUR EYES ON HIM
I love the last part of this story because of the phrase “…when they climbed back into the boat, the wind died down.” It was almost like a teaching lesson for Peter and the disciples. Simulation over!!! Jesus wanted to remind us of how important it is to keep our eyes on Him. How freeing it can be to trust Him. So whether you’re a control freak or not, remember Jesus holds all of it in His hands and He’s saying,
“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid!”