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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