... in the fish-pond

Published on 15 Oct 2019
Pond with lily pads

As the last few days have been pretty hectic I took the opportunity yesterday evening to sit and relax on the bench beside the fish pond in the garden. The pond was alive with tiny creatures, and some not so tiny all dashing about finding food where they could. 

One creature that took my attention was a member of the Gerridae family. More commonly known as water striders, water skeeters, water bugs, pond skaters or water skippers, they are anatomically built to transfer their weight to be able to run on top of the water's surface. In other words they can walk on water, which may account for another common name for them, Jesus bugs. 

That made me think. Reason, experience and even reading scripture can only go so far in proving faith. Beyond those three it is a matter of belief, which is a bit like walking on water; you just have to trust that there is something there to support, and sustain you. Then I recall the Apostle Peter seeing Jesus walking towards his fishing boat across the lake. In response to Jesus’ invitation Peter jumped out of the boat to walk to meet Him, even though reason and his experience as a fisherman told him that was impossible. Yet he tried but soon sank crying to the Lord to save him. (Matthew 14:29) But in that moment he discovered that Jesus was the support he needed to stay afloat. In the same way we can be sure that Jesus is the foundation on which our faith is built. Looking at the little pond skaters I could only say: I believe, Lord. Help thou my unbelief. Mark 9:24