Matthew 14:25-33, And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
I love this story! It never ceases to amaze me that Peter was willing to step out of the safety, security, and comforts of the boat with his peers. To make it more of a challenge it was during the evening time and there was a storm to deal raging.
Not exactly what we would call condusive to walking on water! 🙂
Then of course, I am guessing Peter had to deal with the other disciples and their doubting whether this was a good move on his part. Anytime, we choose to step out of the boat, leaving the safety and security, comforts and conveniences behind, there are bound to be a few doubters in the crowd, even among those closest to us.
Of course, as I have mentioned in previous posts, for Peter, this wasn’t about walking on the water – it was all about going to Jesus!
The first step to “walking on the water” with Jesus, and for Jesus, is a willingness to leave the safety and security of the boat. And, yes, to leave the doubters behind. Even those who are our peers!