Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 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. Matthew 14:22-28
Have you ever stepped out in “blind faith” and said yes to something crazy that God called you to do? The valley of the decision can be long and difficult, so when you finally take that step of saying yes, we can expect everything to come together almost instantly on the other side.
But, when God calls you to get out of the boat, to walk on the water with him, you can’t expect to step out onto solid ground. Water will never be concrete. Why are we surprised at the raging waves that at the moment could sweep us under? The circumstances in life are never going to be sure. Our plans are never going to go off without a hitch. After all, we’ve trying to walk on water. But if we keep our eyes focused on his, we can walk across even the tempestuous water, as if they were simply solid ground.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends Eileen