Walk On Water
I do not swim. I have never swam. I am scared of water except when it is coming from the faucet or shower head. I will not willingly step into any body of water, flowing or stagnant. My husband and pastor enjoys telling the story of or more like the spectacle that was my baptism (in a pool) a few years ago. Friends and family have been telling me to take lessons and my answer is always the same: I am too old and I cannot wrap my mind around allowing the water to "carry me". I signed up my four year old for lessons this summer and the lesson required a parent to be in the water with the child to help the child get acclimatized to water. Let us just say I "hired" a surrogate (bless her) to be in the water with her while I sit back and take cute pictures and make videos.
The apostle Peter is on my mind this morning. Jesus puts His disciples on a boat to go ahead of Him as He hides away to pray. Sometime during the night a storm rises on the sea and the boat is buffeted by the waves. The disciples are scared out of their minds as usual and then at dawn they see an apparition coming towards them. It is foggy, they have endured a storm all through the night. Of course their first instinct is to think it is a ghost coming towards them. They are terrified and probably screaming at the sight.
Jesus tries to calm them down by announcing it is Him. Ha! They are not buying that claim. I can imagine them huddling, holding on to each other and shrieking in fear.
Then Peter steps up! “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." Matthew 14:28-29.
Peter was a fisherman, so were James, John and Andrew. Yet, none of them ventured to walk on water. They had been on water so many times to know walking on water was not humanly possible. However something within Peter made him think he could do more than just sit on the boat. He realized he could grab on to the other disciples and have a screaming-in-fear party or he could walk on water.
We all have the potential to walk on water, to do something no one in our family has done before, something none of our friends have done before. We just need to gather the courage to break away from the pack. The power to do more is already in us. Peter did not suddenly receive an anointing from on high, the thought came from within him. As the others gaped at him with open mouths and in disbelief, as they shouted "noooooo Peter"; as they tried to restrain him by pulling at his cloak, Peter took one step and then another as the boat rocked rapidly from side to side. In slow motion he stepped on water. Whether he took two steps or ten steps before fear gripped him, I do not know and I really do not care. The fact will always remain that Peter, a man like you and I once walked on water because he believed he could!
Let us not settle for the ordinary. God has invested too much in you and I for us to just lead ordinary lives and not venture to do more. Today I choose to walk on water and not just sit on the boat. Everyone can do that!!!
PS: I may just sign up for the swimming lesson!☺