And Jesus says “Come”

But when I fix my eyes on all that You are

Then every doubt I feel

Deep in my heart

Grows strangely dim

All my worries fade

And fall to the ground

Cause when I seek Your face

And don’t look around

Any place I’m in

Grows strangely dim…

These lyrics come from one of my favorite songs called ‘Strangely Dim’, by my favorite Christian music artist Francesca Battistelli. I love her music and if you want to check out the album, here it is.

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It’s these lyrics and some verses in Matthew 14, that we get today’s devotional.

Some people have what is known as ‘tunnel vision’. It is when a person reads or focuses on something, and that is all they see. They see nothing out of the corner of their eye, just what is in front.

What if we could have a tunnel vision on God? On Jesus Himself.

Matthew 14:22-33 tells of Jesus walking on water, and Him saying “come”

Before we get to our passage, lets back up to verses 13-21, where Jesus had just fed 5,000 men, not including women and children.

And even before this, Jesus had been preaching and teaching hundreds of people, so after the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus wanted some time alone to pray.

22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.

Even Jesus took some quiet time to talk to His Father and pray. He sent everyone away, then the disciples got into a boat and started traveling to the other side of where they were.

And Jesus went to the mountain alone and prayed.

During His quiet time, a storm arose on the sea and caused the boat that the disciples were in to be tossed by the waves and wind.

24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

Jesus knew about the storm, and He went out to the boat, by walking on the water.

25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.

The term ‘fourth watch’ means it was between 3:00-6:00 am. So, it was probably dark, and now during the storm, either at dark or early dawn, Jesus was walking on the water out to the boat.

This is just one of the many things that Jesus did that proves He can and is capable of doing anything. But, think about it, Jesus is walking on the water, out to the boat that His disciples were in.

And the disciples saw a man, a figure, walking on the water towards them. Their reaction would probably be the name as ours if we saw something similar.

26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

Some of these men were fishermen, they had probably seen their fair share of weird things, some of them might be tough guys. But once they saw a figure walking towards them, they freaked out, and were afraid, petrified even.

But Jesus said…

27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

Keep in mind, there is a raging storm around them, it is dark, early morning, and Jesus to them, is a ghost, walking towards them, saying “do not be afraid”

It was not quite that easy. They didn’t fully believe it was Jesus, and Peter, one of the disciples wanted proof.

28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

And Jesus says “come”. Can you imagine? The wind and waves crashing around, the boat being tossed, probably a little sick, and you hear a voice that says “come”. Meaning “come to me, walk on the water and come to me”

At that point, Peter was so focused on Jesus, that everything around him grew strangely dim. He didn’t pay attention to the storm; he just had a tunnel vision on Jesus, and His voice saying “come” and Peter went.

Peter got out of the boat, during the storm, and started walking on water. His full focus was on Jesus, and because of that, he didn’t see or feel the storm.

But, once he was out in the water, something took his focus off Jesus, and suddenly he began to sink.

30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

As Peter began to sink and he immediately cried out to Jesus to save him. Peter did not try and save himself, he cried to the One who he knew could have him from drowning.

He was quick to cry to Jesus for help.

How quickly do we cry to God from help before we try and save ourselves? Unfortunately, too long sometimes.

And Jesus was quick to save him.

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

As soon as Peter and Jesus got into the boat, the storm ceased, and the disciples were in wonder.

33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

Peter had a tunnel vision on Jesus, we too can have the same sight of Peter.

There may be a storm raging around us; we are in a boat of worries and doubts, we begin to lose hope and faith. And during the chaos, we hear a voice that says “come”

Do we have enough faith to step out of the boat and walk towards the One who can give peace and calm our storm? Or do we sink?

When we put our full focus on Jesus, we don’t look around us, we pay no heed to the storm, we just look ahead, everything around us grows strangely dim.

Put your full, tunnel vision on Jesus, He is the only one who can save us, and calm our storms, and everything else, will…you know….

But when I fix my eyes on all that You are

Then every doubt I feel

Deep in my heart

Grows strangely dim

Last Weeks Posts:

Monday Devotional – Just a Reminder , God Is There

Wednesday’s Post – The Thoughts from a Bloggers Notebook, Part Two

Friday’s Gratitude Prompt – The Kindness Challenge