Matthew 14, 22-33
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
OUT OF CURIOSITY
“That venture in faith is the movement that combines faith and doubt as one complementing whole in the service of truth and love.” *THE GUIDE
Among the spiritual books and readings I keep in my now virtual library, there’s a special one that’s unique in that it is said to have been inspired by divine beings. True or not, there’s always a resonance, an inner vibration every single time I read it. This time, I am sharing an excerpt of “Faith and Doubt in Truth or Distortion”, taken from the Pathtwork Guide Lecture No. 221. **
“In the real version, faith and doubt are not mutually exclusive opposites. They complement each other. The real kind of doubt selects, weighs, differentiates, gropes for the truth – not shying away from the mental labor of dealing with reality. This leads to the various steps of faith. In each of these steps the right kind of doubt is necessary. For example, when you hesitate to leap, you must doubt your fear and your assumption that this fear may be the ultimate reality. When you tend toward the lazy kind of faith, doubt must awaken you into mental activity. When you tend to doubt in the destructive way, faith must protect you from being submerged in it and blotting out the moments of truth you have already experienced.”
“There is a key to how you can always find the unity, the right faith and right doubt, and thereby come out of ill-placed faith and ill-placed doubt. That key I have given you. It is your dedication to truth and love.”
“.… As you make truth and love the center of everything you do, you will experience the living God within, the strength, the health, and the know-how to solve all your problems and to get out of the negativities you seem locked into, unable to give up. That venture in faith is the movement that combines faith and doubt as one complementing whole in the service of truth and love.” *
*Quotation from Pathwork® Guide Material © (1996) the Pathwork Foundation. Reprinted by permission of the Pathwork Foundation. Pathwork® is a registered service mark owned exclusively by the Pathwork Foundation. It is used here with the permission of the Pathwork Foundation. The mark may not be used without the express written permission of the Pathwork Foundation.
**The ideas represented herein are the personal interpretation and understanding of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by the copyright holder of the Pathwork® Guide material.