“Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter. (Mt. 14:30-31).
We cannot save ourselves. It is easy for us to think that we can. Our self-sufficiency is a fatal trap and a fundamental deceit. At times, we all give in to the lie that our good actions, our prayers, our deep faith, our great ideas… will save us. We believe that somehow God will be indebted to us or that we don’t need God.
And then something happens. It may be as simple as being unable to find a parking place when we are late for an appointment. It may be as serious as a diagnosis that leaves us shaken to our foundation. But whatever this “something” is, it makes us realize that we cannot save ourselves. We are not as strong as we think we are. No matter how good, clever, prayerful, or faithful we are we need a savior.
We cannot save ourselves.
And when this “something” happens, we cry out like Peter did. We are confronted with the storms of life that we cannot handle and our heart cries out in desperation. We see our weakness and our need. Our poverty moves us to seek the Lord. And immediately Jesus stretches out his hand. He can save us. He is the only one.
We cannot save ourselves. The good news is that Jesus can and will.
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood