Where Is Your Faith?
A friend of mine took a series of classes to learn how to drive Indy race cars. Really fast race cars. The instructor told him, “The most important thing for you to remember is how to come out of a skid when you’re driving 150 miles an hour. When they start to skid, most people focus on what they fear most—crashing into the wall. Instead, you must focus on where you want to go.” In a race car skid, focusing on the problem doesn’t help at all. Focusing on the solution guides you through a skid because what you focus on is often where you’ll end up.
Jesus’ disciples were in a boat, traveling across a lake, when a huge storm arose with thunder and lightning, wind and waves. They were in a “boat skid.” They were not only terrified and in danger of sinking, they were focused on the wind and the waves. They woke up Jesus and said to him, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Jesus awoke, spoke to the wind and waves, and the lake was calm. Then he asked the disciples, “Where is your faith?”
Many of us travel through life at 150 miles an hour, or at least it sometimes feels like that. At that speed, it’s inevitable that we’re going to skid at some point in our lives. And when we do, we ask questions like “Why is this happening to me?” “Why can’t I get my life together?” “Why don’t my good intentions ever work out?” “Why can’t I catch a break, just for once?” Instead of putting our faith in Jesus, we look for quick and easy solutions that don’t help at all.
As the driving instructor said, stay focused on where you want to go. Always look to Jesus. Keep your eyes on him through the storms and skids of life. Put your faith in the one who will pull you through.
Questions to Ponder
- Think about a difficult situation in your life that had a positive outcome. What or who pulled you through this difficult time?
- What or who do you rely on most? Where do you put your faith?
Prayer for Today
God of power and might, calm my storms, calm my mind, and calm my spirit. Let me find rest in you. Ease my anxiety, and let me simply “be.” Let me rest peacefully in your arms.
In Christ’s name I pray.