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.”
This has always been a favorite passage of mine. Several years ago, I got the privilege of going to Israel. I took the picture above on the Sea of Galilee. I have it hanging by my bed so each morning when I wake up, I see it. It reminds me so a couple of things.
- To have faith. It takes faith to get out of the boat. Our “boat.” Our little world we live in, we need to get out of to make a difference. We can go through life in the boat, but that doesn’t leave much room for God to work among you and the people around you. I have recently moved back from South Africa and getting out of my new boat takes faith. My new boat…my new circle of friends, of work, of shopping, of church, of my kids’ friends, etc… The list could go on. A new boat is scary. It’s hard. I am very extroverted and even for me, it’s hard. The Lord gives us strength for each day. I get up, look at the picture and ask the Lord for the faith to get out the boat today. Could be as little as encouraging your spouse or someone in the store you see struggling. We don’t know each day what the Lord has planned and I believe getting out of the boat allows for God to work in and through our lives.
- To get out of the boat. Seems simple enough. But only Peter was the one that volunteered for the job. I love Peter. He’s much like me. Loud, speaks out of turn, speaks before I think and is quick to action. Some of these things I am working on and the Lord is teaching me to think before I speak. I know my husband would be shocked to read this. I am working on it. I love to be the first to volunteer. I am that girl. You know the one. The one who sits up front and raises her hand for any activity. But for some it’s hard. And for me, transitioning back from South Africa it’s been harder than usual. But this picture, this story of Peter and walking on the water reminds me to get out of the boat. God uses me when I get out of the boat. Otherwise I am just an observer in the story. I am sitting in the boat. Can you imagine the thrill Peter received? Walking on the water. When we were on the sea in the boat, I couldn’t help but think of this story.
Do you get out of your boat? Do you make a point each day to say, “Lord use me today?” We can’t be used if we are just an observer. I want to be used by God to make a difference in my new boat. It takes courage, Jesus gives strength and faith. He is the Son of God. He is the strength giver. He is the faith giver.