When Peter saw Jesus walking towards them in the middle of the Sea of Galilee, he immeadiately asked Jesus to allow him to come to him. “Then [he] 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?”
I am so touched by this story. When Peter cried out for help, Jesus immediately caught him by the hand and pulled Peter to safety. Tone is everything here. Do you really think Jesus was being harsh or disciplinary here? No, Peter just risked his life on faith. I believe that Jesus was looking at his friend with a mixture of pride and love in His eyes. I can hear Him now, softly saying, “You of little faith,” (an inside joke, imagine the slight smile on Jesus’ lips) “Why did you doubt?” God wasn’t reprimanding Peter here, no, in His own way, He was congratulating him while discipling him.
God is the best and truest example of what it means to be a father.
When you fell down on your bike, did your dad yell at you for failing, or did he brush you off and smile because he was proud you tried? God is the exact same way. God will always catch you when you fall, you just need to take a step of faith towards Him.