Watching these men and women surf and fall brought to mind the story of Jesus walking on the water and Peter going out to meet him. When doubt overcame Peter, he began to sink, calling out to Jesus, “Lord, save me” (Matthew 14.30).
The surfer, like Peter, had faith and experience in keeping upright, but then, perhaps through a combination of fear and circumstance, he began to sink. Oh, so like all of us humans. We can’t do it all by ourselves. Even when we try to live through faith, difficulties arise and we fall. In our best moments we call out for God’s saving help.
One more thought. According to Matthew’s gospel, before joining his disciples on the boat, Jesus had fed the five thousand and then gone ‘up the mountain, by himself, to pray.’ Throughout the gospels, we are told of Jesus going off the pray. For me, that message always speaks to me. On a faithful day I think it helps me remember to call out.