Peter and the Waves

I opened Jesus The Christ and read pages 336-337, which cover the story of Peter walking on water. Gosh, I love Jesus The Christ because Elder Talmage fills in so many scriptural gaps with details, anyways... 

The apostles had stayed up all night fighting this major storm on the sea, and had only managed to travel about four miles through the entire night. Jesus knew of their circumstances and sometime between 3AM - 6AM He heads out on the water to assist them 

"walking upon the storm-tossed water as though treading solid ground." 

The apostles, "overcome by superstitious fears" thought Christ was a terrifying ghost (kind of interesting to think about the Apostles be that 'superstitious'). Christ quickly calls out to them saying "be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid". 

Christ's voice and words excite "Peter, impetuous and impulsive as usual" (I love knowing that about Peter) asks Christ if he can head out on the water as his Master was doing. Christ agrees and Peter walks on water towards his Master, "but as the wind smote him and the waves rose about him, his confidence waivered". I can empathize with Peter. I can be impetuous too... can't I? Lol. But I have been in some big storms in southern California, those waves can be very intimidating. Peter, "began to sink".  You know the story- Christ reaches out and saves Peter, and they both walk to, and get back in the apostle's boat. 

So, what happened to Peter? Yes, his "confidence waivered", but why? Christ while saving him asks Peter "wherefore didst thou doubt?". I wonder if Peter was embarrassed by the question? I wonder if Peter was embarrassed climbing back in the "vessel" soaking wet?

As Peter walked out to Christ, despite being so close to Him; it was the waves that was most on Peter's mind, not Christ. We all do it.

Do you think it was a "confidence" issue? Well, I will let you enjoy the pages within Jesus The Christ and let the Holy Ghost prompt you. But I would like to leave you with one of my all-time favorite scriptures, hmmm... I think this one actually is my all-time favorite.

"Let thy bowels also be full with charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy CONFIDENCE wax strong in the presence of God. And the doctrines of the priesthood shall distill upon thy soul as the dews from heaven." (D&C 121:45) 

Elder Tamage goes on to say that the Apostles were so amazed at Christ's "control over the force's of nature" I think I would have been too, but President Talmage says they were amazed because "they had forgotten...and their hearts were hardened" and continues on by speaking of Christ and teaching us that "too frequently the saving aid is mistaken for a greater terror" 

The answer is always Christ. I know He lives and I know that He is our Savior. He is the answer!