Jesus Walks on the Water
22 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.”
Lately I have been thinking a lot about what it meant when Peter got out of the boat and how that relates to our lives. There is a lot going on in my life at the moment and big changes coming ahead. I have been relating it to when Peter got out of the boat. We are all afraid at some time or another. We all go through changes in our lives or have things happen to us that are unexpected. This makes us leery, but does it make you stand still and not get out of the boat, so to say.
Peter had guts. He saw the Lord and said if it’s you then tell me to get out of the boat. So the Lord simply said come. Has the Lord said ‘come’ to you in some sort of way and you are staying in the boat? Has the Lord asked you to do something or go somewhere and you are firmly stuck to the seat of the boat? It doesn’t have to be huge things in our lives. It could just be speaking to someone in the shop or calling a friend to check up on them. It could also be big things. My family has served in Africa for more than 9 years and we have been called back to the States in December. Getting rid of all of our stuff, again. Moving back across the ocean to adjust to another culture, although our original culture, it will still be an adjustment back to life in the States. This is a big ‘jump out of the boat’ moment. Am I scared, of course. Do I know the Lord said come, yes. Do I know he will save me if I start to sink, yes.
The Lord calls us to get out of the boat. Whether your boat is a big leap or a little leap, the Lord will be there with you. He will save you when you start to doubt and sink. Take the leap.