(Devotional is taken from Seasons of the Heart)
Bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. – Matthew 14:28-29
If Jesus says ‘Come!’ don’t you think you may venture? Perhaps it is night in your soul – as dark as ever it can be. It would not be so bad if you could even distinctly see the waves of the troubled sea on which you are tossing. You do not know where you are. All seems vague, uncertain, wretched, and confused. And though the Lord Jesus is very near you, though He has come you walking on the water and has said, ‘It is I, be not afraid,’ you cannot see Him, and you are not all sure it is His voice, or if He is speaking to you. So of course you are troubled. And if, in this trouble, you go on trying to steer and row for yourself, these same waves will prove themselves to be awful realities, and you will be lost in the storm.
It doesn’t not matter in the least that you cannot see, feel, hear, or distinguish anything else at all. It does not matter in the least that you feel miserable and confused and that you don’t what will come next. It does not matter in the least that you cannot exactly understand how this simply coming can result in calm, peace, safety, and finding yourself at land. It does not matter in the least that the waters are casting up all the mire and dirt of all the sinfulness of heart and life, the old sins, and the besetting sins. It does not matter in the least that all the winds of doubt seem let loose upon you, boisterous and blowing from every point to which you turn. And this – and everything else that is contrary – is only so much the more reason for the simple venture. Just only you come! And even if in the very act of coming you are afraid and think you are beginning to sink, come on with the cry, ‘Lord, save me!’ and immediately Jesus will save you; and with the strong grasp of His hand the unanswerable question will come, ‘Why did you doubt?’ He will cause you to know His hand and His might; He will save. – Frances Ridley Havergal