September 8, 2014
I love looking again at this story of Peter walking to Jesus on the water, don’t you? It’s one of those New Testament miracles that inspires me. But it challenges me as well…to consider my own relationship with Jesus. I mean, when’s the last time I even thought about how much courage Peter needed and found – and then acted upon when he got out of that boat? I guess I fall into the “apathetic/lethargic” category Pastor Sean mentioned as one of the factors that keep us from doing something. Ouch!!
But wait a minute!!! Is that the point of the story? – for me to feel guilty that I don’t have the kind of courage that sent Peter over the side of the boat? I don’t think so. (There’s no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus!) But I also think the Lord has something fresh and new to share with me regarding this story… especially now that I’ve read it a few more times (and invited Jesus into the conversation). And I think it’s this: Peter says, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” And I’m hearing in my spirit, now that’s a mighty big IF.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve done tons of things in my own strength – and usually paid the price for it in frustration, fatigue, and sometimes even a sense of failure. “If…then…” Peter didn’t lift a leg until the Lord said, “Come,” did he? But when Jesus spoke Peter didn’t hesitate either. That’s how sure he was that he’d heard the voice of the One he wanted to follow.
So, I guess what I’m thinking is that I want the kind of relationship with Jesus that gives me time to ask, “Is this something you want me to do, Lord?” But then I want to be as quick to obey as Peter was when he jumped out of the boat. And to do that, you guessed it! I’ve got to do something to knock that apathetic, lethargic attitude out cold. I think for starters I’ll try more prayer! How about you?