There are times in our lives as believers where we can see examples of this reality. There are times when we are afraid to step out in faith or speak up for what we believe in for fear of being overwhelmed by the metaphorical waves or consequences of the proverbial storms we may face.
Do you suppose it was the fear of seeing Jesus walking on the water that caused the others to stay in the boat? Or was it the assurance of safety they felt by being in the boat together?
I guess we will never really know.
What we do know however, is that Peter was willing to leave the others in their presumed safety and risk drowning because of the faith he had in Jesus.
What about you and me today? Are we willing to step out in faith as Jesus calls us, or are we finding safety and comfort in the places and positions where we find ourselves?
If it is the latter, then we may never really know the joy and exhilaration Peter must have felt as he stepped out onto the water and began to walk to Jesus. We also may never really know how quickly we can sink when we take our eyes off Him.
Yes, there is always safety in the boat and comfort in the group, but the beauty is found when we are willing to risk both.
The question is are we willing?
Matthew 14:29, “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.