Trust or Sink


I know how Peter felt that night
out on the storm tossed lake
when the wind rose up to buffet
and the disciples began to quake.

They looked across the crashing waves
where Jesus did appear,
as if a ghost on water,
and then they really shook with fear.

But Jesus spoke and told them
"Fear not, it's only Me"
And Peter said, "Lord, if it's You,
Let me come now unto Thee"

Jesus spoke a single word,
"Come", with hand outstretched,
and Peter stepped out from the boat
as the waves about him retched.

But as he walked toward Jesus,
Peter paused to look about,
was overcome by circumstance,
then, sank in stormy doubt.

The Master took him by the hand
"How little faith have ye!
You looked at the wind and waves
instead of look to Me."

Yes, I know how he felt that night
out on that troubled lake,
when the sting and thrust of wind and waves
led Old Pete to trust forsake.

Circumstance can overcome
and fear will make me sink...
But Jesus is the Master and
I must trust instead of think...

Help me, Lord, to keep my heart
and eyes fixed just on You...
and know that in these storms of life
You 're there to pull me through.

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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Very good! Up, and everything but funny.

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epigramman 4 years ago that was the great Mister Starr..... well here comes the humble Mister Stewart in your sacred presence as a writer whom I have always admired - you always write with such poetic finesse and through the beauty of these words you are also an amazing storyteller.

lake erie time 8:51pm and sending you warm wishes Miss M and good energy too!

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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles

So well said, Tenderheart- voted up and beautiful!

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Field-Of-Flowers 4 years ago from Midwest, USA

This is very well written! Through all of the storms of life that come our way...

"Help me, Lord, to keep my heart

and eyes fixed just on You...

and know that in these storms of life

You 're there to pull me through."

Just brilliant! You have my votes!!

Have a great day and God bless! :-)

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tnderhrt23 4 years ago Author

WillStarr, thank you, kindly! This is an authentic write...sometimes the circumstances of the wind and waves look insurmountable....and I get overcome by how things look...I always appreciate your visits and awesome comments!

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tnderhrt23 4 years ago Author

Epi, I am always humbled by your humble presence at my Hub! Thank you. Your support has,more than once, tipped the scales! Hugs! I am so grateful!

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tnderhrt23 4 years ago Author

Thank you, cat on a soapbox! I so appreciate your read and comment!

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tnderhrt23 4 years ago Author

Field-Of-Flowers, thank you! I have been caught up in a tempest for awhile now, and it can get pretty rocky at times, as life is apt to do for all of us at one time or another. It helps to know where the Source is, and sometimes I need reminding...I appreciate your visit and awesome comment! God bless!

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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Absolutely beautiful and voting up.

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tnderhrt23 4 years ago Author

Thanks Movie Master! I appreciate your read and awesome comment!

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is a beautiful message. Eventhough this is an old Bible story written many years ago, you bring new life to the meaning. Thank you my friend..

tnderhrt23 4 years ago

Thank you, Ruby! This particular story has been very pertinent to me of late...and often things come in rhyme that hold the keys for me. I so appreciate you, and your visit and great comment!

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CMCastro 4 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

It is so beautiful to be reminded and blessed again with awesome description of faith. You most definitely could have been on that row boat with Peter on that very day, when Jesus asked him to reach out his hand. I give you an awesome thumbs up, but also a bow as well for keeping alive the Word of our Lord. Take care, Christina :)

tnderhrt23 4 years ago

Thank you, Christina.I appreciate your read and great comment. The circumstances of Life can be pretty stormy, and Faith and Trust in God is the only way I know to survive and find comfort. I am grateful for God's help, strength and inspiration, and His ever-faithful Mercy and Grace. Take care, you, too!

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Brilliant, I thoroughly enjoyed this one and vote up without a doubt.

Take care and have a wonderful day.


tnderhrt23 4 years ago

Thank you, Eiddwen, for your read and gracious vote! I do appreciate it! Have a great day, yourself, and God Bless!

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

This was beautiful, thanks for writing it. Goodnight.

tnderhrt23 4 years ago

Thank you, Mary, for reading and commenting. You are most welcome!

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thebluestar 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

Inspirational hunnie. I love to read your writing from that very special person inside. I have been neglecting my hub buddies too much recently, but I am glad to be back to share this beautiful writing with you. x

voted up all the way hunnie.

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tnderhrt23 4 years ago Author

star, it is always a joy to see you! I know you have been busy with that beautiful grandson of yours! He is a cutie patootie, for sure! Thank you for stopping by and leaving me such a great comment! Take good care, my friend! Hugs!

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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Totally amazing and so beautifully written.

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tnderhrt23 4 years ago Author

acaetnna, thank you. It was a message that came to me when I needed it most! I appreciate your visit and sweet comment!

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samiaali 4 years ago

This was very beautiful tnderhrt23!

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tnderhrt23 4 years ago Author

Thank you, samiaali! I have gotten some important lessons in "trust" in the past 6 months, and learning where to focus my eyes amidst the tempest....

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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

So beautifully written and well expressed! A great message to remember!

tnderhrt23 4 years ago

Max, as always, you are a dear! I so appreciate you!

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