Can you imagine?
I've been on a boat in the Ocean that rocks around in the middle of the night.
You can't see the next wave hit the hull.
You can't anticipate the next rolling of the boat.
You're simply at the mercy of a mighty force of nature
The disciples were scared.
They weren't sure they would make it to the other side.
And all of the sudden a ghost appears in the middle of the sea.
But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."(Matthew 14:27)
I'm not sure about you, but if I saw something that looked like a ghost and then it described itself as my teacher, I don' know that it would be a comforting moment. There would be so many questions swirling inside my head.
But Peter believed.
"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!"(Matthew 14:28-30)
You ever felt like that?
Scared to death.
Wishing to get to a place of safety.
Longing for a rescue.
Then it comes, and as you're trekking out to end the fear, it gets awfully scary?
I talked to a teenage friend of mine a few weeks ago.
We were talking about how school is really getting to him, his friends are acting like idiots, the parties are getting wilder, and his girlfriend is wanting more than he bargained for. In other words, the winds and the waves are swirling around Him.
I told him, "Well, if we believe in Jesus, then it's our duty to keep our eyes on Him and follow Him wherever He leads."
And the young man said, "You make it sound so easy."
He was right.
It sounds so easy to just look at Jesus' example in the scriptures, and just do that. But the reality is, stepping out of the boat isn't exactly a walk down the sidewalk.
It takes guts to step out.
It takes an overcoming of fear to risk something.
Even when safety is starring you in the face, sometimes it's hard to embrace it.
But today, as I was reading John 6, and then looked over at the same story in Matthew 14, I just felt like God was telling me, "JUST GET OUT OF THE BOAT!" He's got the future all lined out, and remember, Jesus said, "If my father cares for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, how much more does He care about you." (Matthew 5)
Let us be a people un-afraid as the winds and waves crash around us.
For we serve the God of Heaven and Earth upon which all things hinge.
It was His word that spoke creation into existence, and His word that calms the seas.
May we trust Him today.