There will be times that we have to get out of the boat. We have to take that step that can only happen when we take a risk and step out in faith. That step that can only happen because God said "come ahead" and we actually do it. We have to step out of the boat. I find myself considering Peter and his decision, his dilemma and his destiny. How God was (and still is) using Peter, in spite of his obvious failings. He took the risk, and he stepped out of the boat. He walked on water. Peter walked on water. Wow! This is a really big deal here. Peter walked on water. He took a faith walk and what an experience he had. A walk to remember. I can imagine the story being told around the table and retold everywhere they went that week (and in all the years since and all the years to come). How excited and exuberant he must have been. Peter had walked on water. Yes, he forgot for an instant where he should look and fell into the water. He went down. Probably head first. Instead of keeping his eyes on Jesus, he had looked at himself. Now, Peter wasn't capable of walking on water, anymore than you and I are capable of walking on water. It wasn't about what Peter could or couldn't do. It was about doing it. It was about trust. It's all about how we respond when Jesus calls us out of our boat. Sometimes we stick out a tentative toe to see if we will stand up ok. We might hold onto the side-rail, like we do the first time we go roller skating. Just holding onto the something to keep ourselves steady. We do the tentative trust tryout. If God does this, then maybe it will be ok to do that. What do you think would happen if we threw our legs over the side of the boat? If we jump right up and stepped out of our comfort zone? If we believe and trust that we can do it, because Jesus said come on ahead? Jesus was there. He was there when Peter went over the side of the boat and stepped into the water. He was there when Peter fell into the water. Jesus didn't leave Peter floundering when he lost sight of Him. It was a moment. His own insecurities took Peter under, but he didn't stay down. Peter called out for help. Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Peter. An example of what to do when you're called to step out of the boat, AND when you become afraid and lose your footing.Either way Jesus is there. He recognized Peter's fear and helped him. 'What got into you?' I'm here. Don't lose faith. I've got you. Either way Jesus is there. Do you hear the 'come on ahead'? Is it time to step out of the boat?
Matthew 14:28-31 MSG "Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come ahead.” Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!” Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down
and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”