There was a point in Matthew 14 where the disciples were not sure if the image they were seeing was actually the Lord. Finding out that it was Him, in a move of boldness, Peter requested, “Bid me come unto thee on the water,” (vs. 28). Jesus’ response – “Come!” (vs.29).
How difficult, had we not known this familiar story, would it have been for us to get out of that boat and venture to do the impossible? I mean – really?! People are not known for walking on water, which is one of the reasons, they originally thought Jesus was a spirit (vs. 26). Watching Jesus take command over what normally cannot be subdued, moved something inside of Peter to do what Jesus did.
What would that have been like? Awesome, indeed! I love to swim, so the idea of being able to physically walk on water would make me down right giddy. Another thing that appeals to me about this story is the courage to at least try. To see what it was like to break away from the normal and to do something extraordinary.
Extraordinary living! Isn’t that what being in Christ is all about? It’s a whole lot of faith mixed with a whole lot of stepping out that produces the results of one who has chosen to see and do life differently than those around him. The rest stayed in the boat. They were content with the status quo. But, Peter felt a special draw to see what it was like to step out of the boat – to see what it was like to stand where Jesus stood.
As Peter found out, the road to extraordinary living can get rough. A lot of stuff can and will rise up against us as those waves did, and seek to toss about our faith. What Peter “saw” side-tracked him from getting to where Jesus was. The truth of Peter’s experience in this story unfolds the same way for many of us. If only the sea would be calm then we would be alright. If only the waves of adversity would stop trying to slam you, then would you be able to walk on water, too.
Jesus never promised calm seas all the time. But, what He did promise was, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world,” (Matthew 28:20). It is hard to try to live an extraordinary life when one takes their eyes off of Jesus and what He promised. It’s one thing to recognize Jesus, but then we have the individual responsibility to stay focused on Him. No matter what the seas are doing in our life, He promised to be there with us. Always!
“And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:31). In essence, He was stating that He was right there with Peter, so why did Peter take his eyes off of Jesus?
Sinking in life doesn’t always happen that fast. Little by little one begins to predominantly focus on the problems of life instead of the Life Preserver, who promised to be there for you. God wants us to step out into extraordinary living. By keeping our eyes on Jesus we can do the impossible. We can walk on water, too! He is with you, always!