Disappointment occurs when we take our eyes off of Jesus. In Matthew 14 the disciples are out on a boat without Jesus. Verse 24 says, “But the boat was already over a mile from land, battered by the waves, because the wind was against them.” It’s interesting that Matthews says the wind was against them. The disciples in the boat were fighting against the waves and they were terrified. I am sure they felt consumed by the waves and that at any moment they would be swallowed up into the sea. This relates so much to our lives. I know that I feel like I am constantly fighting against the waves of disappointment that come up against me daily. Everyday there is a new wave that comes up and rocks my faith. Sometimes I get to the point where I feel like I just want to throw my hands up and let the storm swallow me whole. But, the story did not end there for the disciples and it will not end there for me or you.
Long story short, the disciples see Jesus walking toward them on the water and He says, “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid!” That’s exactly how Jesus calls out to us when we feel like we’re about to be overcome by the waves. Then Peter decided that he was going to walk on the water to Jesus, but then he starts to focus on the strength of the winds rather than the strength of Jesus. This so beautifully relates to our lives. When we take our eyes off of Jesus things start to go south. We may start to get irritable, our emotions spiral, and we feel disappointed. We get disappointed because what we’re looking at is scary. When we’re not looking at Jesus, all we see are the winds and the waves. It’s impossible to be disappointed and terrified when we’re looking at the face of Jesus. Disappointment comes from taking our focus off of Jesus.