Consider Matthew 14:31: Peter cried out for help when he began to sink as he tried to walk on water toward Jesus in the stormy seas. When Jesus rescued Peter, He said “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Chances are there comes a point in our lives when we doubt our faith and trust in God. The fact is no matter how prayerful and pious we are in life, we are going to face storms. Like Peter, although we try our best to follow the Lord’s way, those storms can be overwhelming. Isn’t that reason enough to doubt?
Some of those storms are caused by circumstances beyond our control and others are of our own doing. However, faith and trust in God help us to navigate through those storms so that we do not get lost in this increasingly secular world or drown in temptation and sin. Faith and trust in God give us an inner peace that we cannot find on our own.
The key is to hold onto that inner peace even when our anxieties, doubts, confusion, and sorrows try to pull us down. That inner peace is God’s love for each of us. Let us ask ourselves: Is God’s love more important than our possessions, our career status, and our social standing? If we should lose everything and still have God’s love in our hearts, how would we feel? Would we still feel safe and secure in the knowledge that God will not abandon us?
Christ reflected our fears and anxieties when He said from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” [Matthew 27:46]. Jesus also showed us from the cross that even in His darkest hour, He still held onto His faith and trust when He said: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” [Luke 23:46]. That faith and trust also shines through Mary our Blessed Mother who helps us to see beyond our storms. Imagine the pain—and inspiration—that Mary must have felt sharing in her Son’s passion and crucifixion. How else could she have endured the loss of her Son and still open her heart to be mother to us all?
Faith and Trust
Having faith and trust in God does not mean our pain and troubles will magically disappear. Instead, when we put our lives in God’s hands—embraced with His love—we will be able to recover from the turbulence rather than succumb to it.
Like Peter, Christ will rescue us when we call out to Our Lord for help. Like Christ, who died for our sins and rose again in glory, we too can triumph over our circumstances when we follow Our Lord’s way in life. And like Mary, who was assumed into heaven body and soul, we too can live a holy life on earth with full faith and trust in God and die a holy death for eternal life in heaven. For all that God gives to us, may we be truly thankful.