Local Bonny Hills Surf Lifesavers practice their Surfboat skills.
“Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
Matthew 14 : 28 – 30
The second step in the 12 step program of AA states
“We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
Surrendering our faith does not happen instantly as Peter found out, in the above quote. It is a long, long journey. It is an extensive walk, a walk in Trust, a gradual letting go, unlearning our old ways of dealing with our addictions to fears – it is a handing over unconditionally to the new. No one does it on the first or even second attempt. Desire and longing must be deepened and broadened otherwise we soon sink as peter did and all we can do is cry out to be saved and start the walk all over again. Like the crew in this boat above we must tend to the rowing and leave the steering and direction of our energy to the person on the helm to bring us safely to the beach through the gigantic surf – otherwise we are all at sea.