I love reading the story of Peter walking on the water (Matthew 14:22-33). It’s a wonderful picture of the supernatural power that’s available to us and the way our humanness often gets in the way. It reminds me that there is potential for the miraculous if we keep our eyes on Jesus. I don’t think I’ll ever need to walk on water, but it speaks to what’s possible when I’m focused on Him.
Two things jump out at me about this passage, so I’ll break this into two posts. First, I’m amazed that Peter actually got out of the boat. I’m not sure why he did that. I would have either waited for Jesus to get to the boat or convinced the guys to row out to Him. At any rate, Peter was so consumed with getting to Jesus that he did something no one else was willing to do. Forget about whether or not he made it, the point is, he was willing to take the risk.
That’s a choice I’m confronted with everyday. I can sit here overwhelmed by what’s going on in the boat or I can get up and get to where Jesus is. If I’m seeing things clearly, I realize that it makes more sense to be near Him—He’s the Master of the sea and He knows how to deal with the storm. There will always be some storm hovering over my boat and standing between us. It might be a problem, screaming kids, laundry, or just my flesh. Whatever the storm is, I have to decide not to let it stop me. My desire for Jesus has to be far greater than my concern for my circumstances.
If you’ve read the story, you know Peter didn’t make it all the way to Jesus. He started to sink and Jesus had to come to his rescue. This encourages me! Even if I’m struggling to get to Him, He will still draw near to me as I draw near to Him (James 4:8). He desires to be with us and I believe He wants us to pursue Him as Peter did. I’m one mama who is trying to follow Peter’s example and YOU’VE GOT TO join me on this journey.
This post first appeared on IfMamaAint.com on June 4, 2009.