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Learning to Walk

In the Word

… Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me” (Matthew 14:29b–30).

Of the Word

I watch my daughter as she takes a few steps, falls, and then gets up to try again. Sometimes I help her by holding her hands, and then I remember that I, too, have Someone Who holds my hands.

The apostle Peter learned to walk physically as a baby; but we might say one night on the Sea of Galilee he learned how to walk spiritually with Jesus. In the midst of a stormy sea, Peter stepped out of a boat to walk toward Jesus. However, when he took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. Jesus immediately reached out, took hold of Peter, and saved him.

Because we are sinners, we sometimes take our eyes off Jesus, too. But we can rest assured that Jesus will always be there to reach out and take hold of us. Just as He led Peter back to the boat, Jesus will lead us back to the path of safety and salvation.

Walking with my Lord

Dear Jesus, thank You for reaching out, taking me by the hand, and lifting me up when I fall. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Mustard Seed: Love, Laughter, and Lullabies. DCE Amanda Stacy, author. 20/30 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105.

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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