Matthew 14:28-30 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” He said.Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Okay, let me put the verse in a Biblical context. Prior to this “boat” incident; Jesus had multiplied 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread to feed 5,000. Immediately after, Jesus urges the disciples to get into a boat and set sail across the lake. He will catch up with them later. During the wee hours of the night, the wind and waves pick up, buffeting against the boat. Shortly before dawn, Jesus comes walking ACROSS THE LAKE to the disciples. Of course, the disciples are frightened thinking they are seeing a ghost. Jesus yells out “Don’t be afraid!” Peter opens his mouth as only Peter can and says “If it’s really you, Jesus, call me out upon the water.” Jesus says, “Come.” Peter gets out of the boat and walks on the water. But then, he looks around. Waves. Wind. He loses focus. He sinks. Jesus reaches out his hand and pulls Peter up and delivers him back into the boat.
I am a “Peter”.
This past year, Jesus has been calling me to get out of the boat and walk with him into some uncharted seas. I am afraid. I am insecure. I am doubtful.
I have taken a few steps but; then I quickly get back into the boat. It’s safe in there. It’s cozy. It’s familiar. It’s also limiting the scope of where the Lord wants to lead me.
Outside of the boat, I will encounter waves, wind, deep waters with unseen hazards beneath the surface. It’s scary.
The Lord has placed some amazing women along side of me. We are going to exit the boat together. Safety in numbers, I guess. As we step out of the boat and into this new adventure, we will encounter criticism, buffeted by nay-sayers, people who think we are “self promoting”, waves of negativity, people who will misinterpret what we are doing. I’m at the point now where I can declare “Say what you will, I’m walking on water with Jesus”.