“When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear. …Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”Matthew 14:26, 29
Imagine you’re in a boat that’s being battered by a storm. It’s 4:00 in the morning, and you’re a long way from shore. You’re drenched, discouraged, and feeling a bit seasick. Suddenly, in the distance, a figure appears. Utter fear takes over!
But then imagine Jesus’ calm, reassuring voice cutting through the wind and waves. “It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Could there ever be more comforting, welcoming words? These are the words that mean rescue from peril.
Peter was bold, but he still needed assurance. “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you on the water.” As Jesus defied the principles of gravity that He originally put in place, He responded to Peter, “Come.” Though it made no logical sense (a human can’t walk on water!), Peter placed all his trust in the One that could save him, the Water Walker, Jesus.
“Jumping out of the boat” is not easy. Keep your eyes on Jesus and off of the tumult around you lest you begin to sink and drown. But even then, His strong hand reaches out to take hold of you and pull you up.
“I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10b)