Stepping out of the boat is an ongoing act of faith. Courage is required to step into the new, unknown, and seemingly impossible scenarios that God calls us into. I can easily identify with Peter, as he experienced both the glory of the miraculous moments where he was walking on water, and the defeat that followed when he allowed doubt and fear a foothold. He was called to do something seemingly impossible, but as he stepped out with his eyes on Jesus, he found firm footing where firmness should not have been found. The struggle only came as the wind and waves that surrounded Peter, took his gaze off of our Savior, and only then, did he begin to sink. However, despite his momentary doubt, he quickly realized to whom he needed to cry out. Though there was a boat full of capable fishermen behind him, he called out to the One walking on water before Him.
“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 14:29-30)
More than that, Jesus responded right away. “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him…” (Matthew 14:31a)
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. His response to Peter, is no different than He will respond to us. When He calls us to “Come”, He will also provide safe passage, despite how our surroundings might appear. It does not mean walking in faith will be easy, nor does it mean we are above our own human doubts, yet it is critical that we remember Who our true Source of help is, be it in times of trouble or in peace. He hears our cries, despite our battle with fear and doubt, and lovingly shows us again and again that He is faithful to do as He says He will do.
when storms rage around;
eyes on the Savior,
lead lost to be found.
With gaze upon grace,
willingness to move;
He’ll hold hand and heart,
His faithfulness prove.
When we hear Him call,
and He says to “Come”;
may we move in faith,
so His will be done.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are faithful and worthy of all of our trust. Thank You that You are the same – yesterday, today and forever. Thank You that we can cry out to You, in all things and at all times, and You hear our cry. Thank You that You are mighty to save, and Your heart is that not one of us sink. Forgive us for our fears and doubts, and help us to be quick to call on Your Name, when such struggles try to worm their way in. Grow our faith, Lord. Teach us to live and love as You call us, and may many come to know Your saving grace, as they surrender their lives to You. May we be faithful to follow wherever You lead. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
He alone is Mighty to Save. Enjoy a version of the song I enjoy by Jeremy Camp. 🙂