Mt 14:26-31 - When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."
28 Peter said to Him, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." 29 And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" 31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him,…" NASU
It is totally crazy. Everyone, all of your family and friends are advising you to stay in your seat and don't rock the boat.
But you know there is adventure that awaits you if you can just overcome the fear, the negative comments, all of your critics and take a walk on the water with your faith.
Peter saw Jesus walking on the water and wanted to join Him. So he asked the Lord if he could join Him in walking on the water.
Jesus said, "Come."
I had a great job. I belonged to the union Boilermakers. I had a family and I was growing closer to God, but when I got out of my safe little boat is when I really began to experience life and some of its exciting challenges.
I started to study for the ministry and only the Lord knew what was going to happen to me for getting out of my comfortable little life boat.
You likewise may begin to sink in your new adventure but keep reading and you will see that the Lord stretched out His hand and took hold of Peter.
Peter didn't drown in his new adventure. One thing for sure he would always have that story to tell anyone who would listen.
I can see Peter telling his grandchildren about Jesus walking on the water and how he wanted to join Him and so he did. Can you see the children's eyes lighting up as Peter told them the story? Can you see them saying, "Grandpa tell us the story about how you walked on the water with Jesus."
Years ago when I was ministering in MD we were in need of a youth minister. I met with a man named Jon Schank who was working at NSA. Jon had been in the Navy for 9 yrs. All he would have to do is serve another 11 yrs and he could receive a pension.
He had never been trained at a Bible College or Seminary and I was asking him to leave one ship where he had knowledge and familiarity and come and sail on some waters that were totally uncharted by him and me.
We both would be learning as we sailed together.
Jon is still sailing with the Lord today because he dared to step out of the boat.
Think On These:
Where we go and what we do advertise what we are.
Every accomplishment, great or small, starts with the right decision, "I'll try."
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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