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Stepping Out of the Boat

Anchor Devotional - 07.01.18


“‘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

My husband, two boys, and I set sail from New Bern, North Carolina, for the British Virgin Islands in December of 2007. Our intention was to sell everything we owned, simplify to life aboard, and see the world. Neither my husband nor I grew up sailing. In fact, both of us are from landlocked states, Vermont and Oklahoma. So when Andy told me he wanted to sail around the world as a family, my first response was, “We’re gonna die!”

We began taking lessons and reading books on sailing, provisioning, navigation, and weather. I found this very challenging, like learning a new language. Like Peter, I was bid to “come” step out of (or into, in this case) the boat, out of what felt comfortable and safe.

Are you being asked to step out into something the Lord is calling you to? Is there an unknown ahead? Jesus told Peter not to be afraid though He knew Peter’s fears. He knows your fears, too. Just as Jesus immediately reached out His hand to catch Peter, so you can trust your Savior to catch you when you step out in faith.

Author: Lori Bound was born and raised in Mustang, Oklahoma, not far from Oklahoma City. She now resides in southern California with her husband and two sons. As a family they have sailed to over 40 Islands in the Caribbean. They enjoy almost any outdoor activity, reading good books, and serving in the recent launch of their church, The Light. Lori loves the Lord with all her heart, ever grateful that He won her to Him by His kindness. She hopes you’ll come to know Him more through this month’s Anchor.

Scripture Focus

Matthew 14:22-32

Insight

“You call me out upon the waters/ The great unknown where feet may fail/ And there I find you in the mystery.” (Hillsong United, 2013)

Read the Bible

  • 1 Chronicles 14-15
  • Proverbs 31
  • Revelation 18-19