“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:29-30)
Jesus commanded Peter, and this time Peter took courage on Jesus’ words, rather than just his presence. He walked on courage, as courage floats on the water. He came closer to Jesus as Jesus came closer to him. But then, he forgot what Jesus had said “Don’t be afraid”. He became afraid, and courage fled beneath his feet and started sinking into despair, and cried out “Lord, save me!”.
With Jesus, our final cry of despair is not our last. For sooner than we think, it is succeeded by our first cry of eternal joy.
For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants. (John 5:21)