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I am a child of the ’80s. That means I wore a lot of polyester, knew the glorious transition between corded and cordless phones, and watched a LOT of cartoons. I had several favorites (hello DuckTales, Jem, The Smurfs, and Inspector Gadget) but the classics, like Looney Tunes, were always a staple. Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, that’s where it was at. And, that’s exactly what popped into my head when I was thinking about God the other day. How’s that for an odd combination?
Let’s unpack it.
My family is currently in a transition period. My husband will have a job somewhere else next year, but we don’t know where yet. We have made the decision to leave our current situation, knowing we want to make a transition. But we made that leap not knowing where we were going to land. We are, quite literally, hanging over a gap of unknown. That’s what made me think about the coyote.
You see, the coyote always seemed to find himself out over the edge of a canyon with nothing but air beneath him. The audience would see him recognize the peril of his situation, look them in the eye, and then fall. The poor guy never learned. He just fell, again and again.
I feel like that coyote right now. I see the unknown below, me and I just know I am going to fall unless something holds me up.
I put on my Jesus goggles and realize that Peter’s attempt to walk on the water is the spiritual equivalent of that beloved ’80s cartoon coyote. They both had so much confidence when they first stepped out. They both even got a little ways. But then they focused on the circumstances and they fell, or sank, into the fear below. Let’s watch the scene:
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “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!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. (Matt. 14:25-32 NIV)
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