Help My Unbelief

(Originally posted in Facebook in December, 2014.)

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out for fear.

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.’

And Peter answered Him and said, ‘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 14:25-30

_____

There was a young woman in Egypt named Mary. Mary enjoyed having sex, and, though men offered her money for her favors, she declined, often earning her keep by working.

When Mary heard that there would be a big holiday at an important Christian church in Jerusalem, she caught a ride on a ship heading that way to check it out. On board the ship during the journey, Mary was popular with the male travelers.

When she arrived at the church, Mary tried to enter to see what was going on. However, at the door, she felt a Presence that kept her from entering. Looking up at an icon of the Virgin Mary, Mary asked to be permitted to enter, and, in exchange, she would do as the Virgin Mary then directed. Now she was able to pass inside, and, afterwards, she left the temple and was led out into deserted places.

There she spent decades. Many years she spent struggling with her own sinful desires. However, little by little, she overcame these.

One day, a monk, Father Zosima, was wandering in the deserted places. Off in the distance, he saw a figure moving. This could be a little frightening, as it has been widely believed that deserted places are the stomping grounds of evil spirits. So, apprehensively, the monk approached the figure.

At a discrete distance, the figure indicated that she was a woman. As she did not have any clothing, she asked the monk for his cloak. This he placed on the ground, and then withdrew to allow the woman an opportunity to put the cloak on. Once she was clothed, Father Zosima approached her.

It turned out the woman’s name was Mary. Mary recounted to the monk her story, about her sinful youth, about how she was permitted to enter the church, and about how she was then taken by the Holy Spirit to live in the desert. Father Zosima was amazed at this woman who was illiterate and who had never studied, yet who knew the Holy Scriptures flawlessly.

Mary asked the monk to bring her communion on the bank of the Jordan River the following year at sunset on Holy Thursday. On the appointed day, Father Zosima met her as they had arranged, then gave her communion. Mary asked him to meet her again one year thence, at the location where he had first seen her, then turned and, making the sign of the cross, walked across the Jordan River as if it were dry land!

Later, Father Zosima went to where he had first encountered Mary, and found her dead. He began to dig a grave for her, but became tired. Then, a lion arrived. Seeing the lion, the monk was understandably worried, but the lion began to dig, and finished preparing the grave for Mary.
________

When Peter asked Jesus to command him to walk on water, Peter did so not to participate in a miracle, but to be with Jesus. Jesus obliged, and Peter walked on water, but only as long as his focus was on Jesus. The moment Peter took his focus off Jesus and considered his surroundings, he began to sink. Of course, Jesus saved him.

We want to work miracles, but we can’t do it alone. God is able to work miracles, but He won’t necessarily do so. However, when we are willing to work with God, God works miracles through us, and sometimes these miracles can be pretty spectacular.

We need to try to keep our focus on God, and not on earthly concerns. And, we can ask His help to keep this focus on Him. But, if we get distracted by earthly concerns, we may find that we begin to feel overwhelmed, not just sinking in our troubles, but drowning in them. After all, if Saint Peter can begin to sink – Saint Peter! – then how much faster would you and I go down?

Saint Mary of Egypt offers us a couple of examples, though. Mary had been a sinner with whom I am not proud to say that I can identify. However, the Lord worked with her to such an extent, that she was able to walk across water as if it were land.

The Lord’s mercy is open to all, and that mercy includes miracles which we can’t even imagine.

But, we have to be willing to work with Him.

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’

Matthew 14:31

And, we have to believe.

Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!

Mark 9:24

383 Replies to “Help My Unbelief”

  1. Pingback: Price viagra
  2. Pingback: cialis coupon
  3. Pingback: cialis 20mg price
  4. Pingback: Get viagra
  5. Pingback: cialis india
  6. Pingback: buy cialis canada
  7. Pingback: cialis for sale
  8. Pingback: viagra generic
  9. Pingback: viagra 100mg
  10. Pingback: viagra 100mg
  11. Pingback: ed drugs
  12. Pingback: generic ed pills
  13. Pingback: pharmacy online
  14. Pingback: Cialis in usa
  15. Pingback: order levitra
  16. Pingback: levitra 10 mg
  17. Pingback: casino slots
  18. Pingback: cash advance
  19. Pingback: personal loan
  20. Pingback: viagra for sale
  21. Pingback: cialis generic
  22. Pingback: cora
  23. Pingback: online casino usa
  24. Pingback: generic cialis
  25. Pingback: cialis buy
  26. Pingback: best online casino
  27. Pingback: casino game
  28. Pingback: viagra cost
  29. Pingback: levitra
  30. Pingback: viagra alternative
  31. Pingback: cialis coupon
  32. Pingback: cheap viagra
  33. Pingback: viagra online usa
  34. Pingback: droga5.net
  35. Pingback: generic for viagra
  36. Pingback: Viagra 130mg usa
  37. Pingback: cost of cialis
  38. Pingback: buy viagra online
  39. Pingback: Viagra 25mg coupon
  40. Pingback: cheap Cialis 20mg
  41. Pingback: wisig.org
  42. Pingback: cialis 20mg
  43. Pingback: sildenafil
  44. Pingback: buszcentrum.com
  45. Pingback: Cialis 80 mg cheap
  46. Pingback: Cialis 80mg nz
  47. Pingback: viagra coupons
  48. Pingback: lasix 40mg otc
  49. Pingback: propecia 1mg cheap
  50. Pingback: viagra cheap
  51. Pingback: buy generic viagra
  52. Pingback: generic viagra
  53. Pingback: viagra online
  54. Pingback: cialistodo.com
  55. Pingback: cialis england
  56. Pingback: buy atarax 10 mg
  57. Pingback: order Biaxin 500mg
  58. Pingback: tadalafil cialis
  59. Pingback: buspar 5 mg price
  60. Pingback: cialis canada
  61. Pingback: buy viagra
  62. Pingback: viagra gel online
  63. Pingback: catapres price
  64. Pingback: ceftin tablets
  65. Pingback: real casino
  66. Pingback: casinos
  67. Pingback: cheap viagra
  68. Pingback: real casino
  69. Pingback: online casinos usa
  70. Pingback: slots online
  71. Pingback: pala casino online
  72. Pingback: aarp car insurance
  73. Pingback: cheap ed pills
  74. Pingback: e insurance auto
  75. Pingback: viagra for sell
  76. Pingback: viagra 12.5 mg
  77. Pingback: cbd oil effects
  78. Pingback: order sildenafil
  79. Pingback: cheap essays
  80. Pingback: cleocin purchase
  81. Pingback: combivent pills
  82. Pingback: cialis
  83. Pingback: compazine otc
  84. Pingback: coumadin prices
  85. Pingback: crestor tablet
  86. Pingback: essay custom
  87. Pingback: cymbalta otc
  88. Pingback: ddavp medication
  89. Pingback: generic viagra
  90. Pingback: buy doxycycline
  91. Pingback: flomax price
  92. Pingback: generic Amoxil
  93. Pingback: geodon 80 mg price
  94. Pingback: medicines for ed
  95. Pingback: hyzaar 12,5mg usa
  96. Pingback: cheap imdur
  97. Pingback: cialis 20mg
  98. Pingback: cialis for sale
  99. Pingback: imitrex coupon
  100. Pingback: cialis dose
  101. Pingback: try these out
  102. Pingback: viagra online
  103. Pingback: meclizine tablets
  104. Pingback: cheap soft viagra
  105. Pingback: Effexor
  106. Pingback: mobic 15 mg pills
  107. Pingback: dapoxetine
  108. Pingback: Valtrex
  109. Pingback: canada drugs
  110. Pingback: prevacid canada
  111. Pingback: prilosec tablet
  112. Pingback: generic viagra
  113. Pingback: protonix 40 mg otc
  114. Pingback: pulmicort purchase
  115. Pingback: reglan 10mg price
  116. Pingback: 1200 mg benadryl
  117. Pingback: revatio prices
  118. Pingback: risperdal purchase
  119. Pingback: robaxin usa
  120. Pingback: order seroquel
  121. Pingback: skelaxin uk
  122. Pingback: cialis 360 pills
  123. Pingback: toprol 100 mg cost
  124. Pingback: tricor medication
  125. Pingback: verapamil cost
  126. Pingback: zanaflex 2mg cost
  127. Pingback: zestril generic
  128. Pingback: zithromax usa
  129. Pingback: visit this website
  130. Pingback: Resources
  131. Pingback: zocor purchase
  132. Pingback: cheapest zovirax
  133. Pingback: zyprexa price
  134. Pingback: is viagra generic
  135. Pingback: zyvox for sale
  136. Pingback: sildenafil pills
  137. Pingback: tadalafil tablet
  138. Pingback: pioglitazone usa
  139. Pingback: spironolactone usa
  140. Pingback: meclizine online
  141. Pingback: donepezil pills
  142. Pingback: irbesartan cost
  143. Pingback: generic viagra

Leave a Reply