And in the fourth watch [between 3:00–6:00 a.m.] of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified and said, It is a ghost! And they screamed out with fright. But instantly He spoke to them, saying, Take courage! I AM! Stop being afraid! And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. (Matthew 14:25-29 Amplified)
At first glance one might automatically say, â€śOh, this is just the story of when Peter walked on water with Jesus.â€ť
However, if we but take a much closer look we see there is so much more that God is saying here. First Jesus sends his disciples out on the boat while he dismisses the others. Now I believe Jesus wanted some quite time with his father. It was something He was fond of doing on a regular basisâ€¦something we could learn from. This is how He could say and do only what He heard and saw Him doing.
As a result, Jesus was very aware there was going to be a storm. Nothing takes Him by surpriseâ€¦absolutely nothingâ€¦not even your seemingly impossible situations.
So once again as they had done so many times before, the disciples would call on Him and His fatherâ€™s Glory would be known. We have 12 disciples in a boat; the boat is on a lake in a horrific storm twelve disciples who were very afraid that they would drown. Then Peter looks up to see someone walking on the water. The storm lost its thunder as he went from being frightened to being terrified thinking he saw a ghost!
Jesus spoke into fright and terror and told them to take courageâ€¦to stop being afraid.
Good ole Peter was skeptical to say the least and when he saw Jesus he put Him to the test telling Him if it was truly Jesus He should bid or command Him to come.
Undaunted by Peterâ€™s skepticism Jesus said â€śCome to Meâ€ť. So, Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on water. However, when he took his off of Jesus he began to sink. And what did Jesus do? Let him drown. Not quite. How merciful He is to us when we fall.
To me personally there are a few different things going on here which speak to my life and possibly yours.
1. Jesus created a set up for his fatherâ€™s Glory to be shown.
2. Jesus preformed another miracle by walking on water.
3. Peter was going to make sure Jesus was who he said he was.
4. Peter was willing to go on an adventure, not just a journey.
5. Peter took his eyes off of Jesus.
All of the above are important, but my favorite one relates to having an adventure. Peter wanted more than just a journey with Jesus and was willing to take a risk to get it. What a story he had to tell. I can just picture Peter tucking his son in bed on a cold stormy night. His son says to him, â€śDaddy tell me a story.â€ť
If I were his son I wouldnâ€™t have wanted to hear about how he cut off the ear of a soldier, or how many people Jesus fed with only 5 loaves of bread near as much as I would have wanted to hear about the great adventure the night his dad went water walking with Jesus. I, like Peter, want to be able to tell of my own adventure. How can I ever do so without taking a risk? How can you?
The journey is wonderful, so please do not mis-understand. We all have been given the awesome privilege of journeying with the Lord on a day by day or should I say moment by moment basis. For the most part, a journey is a somewhat safe and comfortable place, at least from my perspective.
When you go on an adventure with Jesus you are saying, â€śLetâ€™s do something new and exciting. I donâ€™t want the same old fare. Iâ€™m going to take a chance on something because I know Jesus is with me.â€ť
Taking an adventure is a time when we need to walk according to Psalm 91 and His promise to never leave or forsake us. So, with this said, I, Susie George have decided to take an adventure. I have decided to go water walking with Jesus. I have decided to step out of the boatâ€¦decided to take a risk.
Do you know where the greatest wealth in the world is? I will answer this by quoting a very smart man who said, â€śItâ€™s in the grave yards.â€ť Think about it, all the books and songs that were never written because people were not willing to take a chance they just might succeed. I, for one, will not allow all the potential and wealth God has put in me to end up buried under a pile of dirt.
I love to journal and I am very passionate about it. Though passionate, I wasnâ€™t quite sure what to do or how to go about it. Then, I met my now good friend Brenda Craig who planted the seed in my heart. I sent her something I had written and she told me writing might be my thing.
My first response was, â€śNo Way! Me? You gotta be kidding!â€ť
Like I said, â€śI have been journaling my heart for a very long time.â€ť
My husband and a few of my closest friends have read a few of my journals. They all say they get blessed by reading them. One night God gave me a Word. He told me He had embedded a gift (writing) on the inside of me to aide in reaching His children. I put two and two together and have come to believe it is what God wants me to doâ€¦to write His heartâ€¦to journal His heart in such a way His children are blessed.
So, I have made the decision to give it a shot! I have been praying about this and will continue to do so. If this adventure is successful it is all to Godâ€™s Glory and I will have a story to tell.
If it is not it is still to Godâ€™s Glory but at least I will have gone on an adventure. I will have gone Water Walking with Jesus.
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