Wednesday, December 15, 2010
What Are We Waiting For?
We’ve heard the story of Peter’s walk on water many times, but I wonder if this view has ever been considered? First the story;
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid. 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. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matt 14:25-33
I wonder what it might have been like to view the minds of those who were watching? If we could listen in, maybe it would sound something like this;
· That boy done lost his mind, he is not Jesus and he’s going sink like a rock!
· If I was you I wouldn’t go out there, that might not be Jesus.
· Why is he always gotta be the one to prove something. Show off!
· Shucks wish I’d been the one who thought of that.
· You go Peter, I wish I had your faith.
It’s true, no one knows what was going through their minds at the time. As a matter of fact no one knows what thoughts we’re thinking right now.
When you think about Peter’s choice, faith is what it boiled down to. The same can be said for us, just how much do we trust God? Enough to risk stepping out of the boat? It’s a very personal question that no one can answer that but you; the bible tells us “Each man is given the measure of faith.” How far are you willing to stretch yours?
Is it your turn to step out the boat?
“Today, go out and feed some sheep!”