One of my favorite bible stories is of Peter and Christ when Peter was walking on the Sea of Galilee and started to sink and Christ grabbed his hand to lift him back up. Usually we look at this story as a lack of faith on Peter's part. But after reading the book When You Can't Do It Alone by Brent L. Top, it opened my eyes more to the story. Brent L. Top says, "The focus should not be on Peter's sinking but on Christ's lifting". He then continues on later stating, "What a great learning experience for Peter and each of us. When walking on water by yourself, you will always sink, but when you focus on Christ, take hold of His outstretched hand of grace, and walk with Him, you cannot fail."
How true is this? How many times do we try to walk on water, think we can do it all on our own, and then end up drowning? I know I try too many times. Or how many times do you think the Savior has stood there in hopes we would reach up, when we just end up drowning... probably more than we know. I believe even multiple times a day.
Every time, we need to do all we can and then leave it up to the Lord. Some see this as a weakness of 'giving in' when in reality it is not. It is a way of courage. Giving in and giving it all up to the Lord is a way to exercise and show your faith in him. It is the key that unlocks the door of divine help and intervention.
How many times a day can we look to him and let him lift us up, like really look and let him lift?
"For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. It is in dying that we are born to eternal life." St. Francis of Assisi