Do the impossible!

I love the ocean. I love the sand between my toes and the sounds that are so unique to the beach. The waves lapping onto the shore and tickling my feet is a little slice of paradise. The sun beaming down on my white skin feels sublime. The only thing I don’t like about the ocean is the water!

Yes, you read right. Water is out of my comfort zone. I like to look at it but I don’t’ really like to be in it. That could be because I never learned to swim. Well, actually, I can propel myself forward in the water but put me in the deep end of the pool and I sink like a ton of bricks are strapped to my neck! Then I panic as fear envelops me and trust me… it is not pretty!

So when I read the story in Matthew 14:22-33 I’m already feeling queasy at the thought of being in that boot and fighting the wind and waves because water is involved!

So Jesus sent the disciples out on a boat and He stayed on the land to pray. Then it gets late and the wind and waves are giving the disciples a hard time and Jesus decides to go out to them. Jesus walked on the water to get to them. Now I can imagine how they must have felt when they looked out and saw a man walking on top of the water! Eek! That would be enough to make the stoutest hearted cringe!

Matthew 14:27-29 says, But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” and Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

Peter walked on water! Have you ever tried to do that? I pretty much sink every time I’ve ever tried. I would think that having the experience of walking on water would be enough to keep all distractions away. Jesus was right in front of Him. He probably had a smile on His face and was thrilled to see the faith that Peter had to actually do His bidding.

But the passage continues in verses 30 and 31. But seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Peter walked on water with Jesus and as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he did the impossible and miraculous! When he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at his circumstances… he sank!

When I’m in the water the only way I am truly at ease is if I know that I can touch the bottom or if I have a floatation device of some kind. With either of those things, I can relax and have a good time. Minus either one and my stomach does bad things. I would be very focused on trying to get out of the water!

In life, the water represents anything that you have been called to do that is out of your comfort zone. It can be the impossible or miraculous events in your life. Or it can be the small things that no one notices but you.

Jesus is your flotation device!  He is the firm ground beneath your feet when everything else aroud you is crumbling.

Let’s face it, life is full of difficult and challenging situations. We all have a choice in those moments. We can focus on the circumstances and allow fear and doubt to rob us of the miraculous. Or we can keep our eyes firmly glued to Jesus and experience the impossible. Don’t let fear and doubt steal your faith!

I don’t’ know about you… but I’m up for some walking on water!

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