Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 17 – 23 September 2017
“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’”
Three straight times our seat belt-on sign was lit up during the course of our flight. My flight will last only an hour but I can feel my fellow passengers nervous during the ordeal. To make matters worse, we can see lightning on the windows of the plane. To make myself more comfortable (after consulting scientific videos, I have concluded that turbulence simply cannot bring down a jet) I enjoyed the free snacks and coffee aboard the aircraft.
However, after an hour the plane landed safely – albeit little rough but nothing untoward. The pilots successfully managed to fly our plane through thunderstorms and strong turbulent winds. We just kept calm during the ordeal trusting our lives on the skills of the pilots.
Peter, one of Christ’s disciples also trusted Jesus Christ when he crossed the water but suddenly feared for his life at the middle after seeing the wind causing him to fall in the water. After the ordeal, Jesus Christ said to Peter: “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Peter showed his faith early on but faltered at the middle – during the most critical time. At that moment, it appeared that he has two choices: faith or fear.
Faith is easy to show in happy times but we may struggle during difficulties. Jesus Christ is telling us to display faith in good and in bad, in better or worse, putting our trust on Him fully.
Faith is best tested on fire.