Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he SAW THE WIND, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
The movie “Pretty Woman” opens with a guy walking around the streets yelling “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream?”. We all have dreams and visions of what we will be “when we grow up”. For some there is a calling on our life that is crystal clear as well. We know from an early age that we were created for (insert your gift here). But somewhere along the way, we got distracted. On Sunday morning. we looked at Acts 6:1-7 where an attempt was made to distract the Apostles. Last night at small group, we took a different approach by looking at Matthew 14:30.
Here we find Peter walking on water. In verse 30 we find those three words that are so odd, but telling of our story too. He “Saw The Wind”. Somewhere along the way to our goals, plans, dreams and visions, many of us “saw the wind” too. We got distracted and “life happened”. As I prepared the lesson I wondered what wind I have seen in my life. When are those moments when something took my eye off of my dreams and caused me to sink.
The good news is that we’re not left alone in those times. When life happens and we become distracted we see and hear what Peter heard. “IMMEDIATELY Jesus reached out his hand”. When those roads turn in a direction we never thought they would, Jesus is there to reach out his hand. When we see the wind and our plans and dreams change course, Jesus is there to reach out his hand. Our challenge is to not become distracted, but to keep our eyes on Jesus. Keep the faith and don’t “see the wind”.
In the movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, Richard Dreyfuss sets out to compose a symphony. Yet along the way, he “saw the wind” and got distracted. What started out as a way to earn some money became a career spent teaching children music in the local school district. The symphony sat on his piano and never gets finished. On his final day of school, he is surprised to find an entire auditorium filled with the lives and students he has impacted over the years. They are his “symphony”. They became the “music of his life”. He got distracted from his dream, but along the way he influenced lives and others dreams.
How about you? Was there a time when you “saw the wind”? Have you allowed distractions to get in the way? Have those distractions become Gods way of using your life to influence others and build their dreams? Maybe you’re writing your symphony and you don’t even know it.