“About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” Matthew 14:25, 28-31 (NLT)
Over the years, I’ve heard some great preaching about Jesus and Peter walking on the water. “We only see the storm when we take our eyes off Jesus!” Or, “Peter may have sank, but, for a moment, he walked!” It’s always fun to hear what different people glean from the same story from Scripture. What a testimony to the unique way the Holy Spirit has of speaking to hearts and provoking different perspectives!
For me, the profound truth in the story is seen in the innocent way that Peter approaches this miraculous moment. It is found in his childlike plea, “Jesus, if it’s really you, tell me to come walk out to you.” Can you remember with me back to a time in life when a clear understanding of the words of Jesus was all it took to alter our direction or change our perspective on life? “Jesus, as ridiculous as it may seem, if you tell me to do it, I’ll do it, because YOU can do anything.” Perhaps our lives today would look different if we had not “outgrown” that innocent faith. May we never grow too old to believe that the voice of Jesus makes the impossible possible!