Our unchartered water experiences underscore the presence and reality of our faith.
First let’s read Mathew 14:22-32 when Jesus walks on the water and Peter’s faith is tested:
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”29 “Come,” he said.Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
In these verses, Peter, in a quick moment is like a young boy in the country jumping from rock to rock to rock over a rolling river in an effort to get to the other side. Here, Peter dives in boldly from a faith position onto an unchartered path, but takes his last leap onto doubt. What happened?
We become what we behold.
Peter, being summoned by Jesus to ‘come’ is drawn by his faith in response to the one he loves. And, in doing so, the miraculous happened—Peter walks on water!
But, he also loses focus. The scriptures read: “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid. Since when do we see wind? What was it in the wind that frightened Peter so?
I believe Peter arrived at a place within himself where he recognized the enormity of his faith leap into unchartered waters. He experienced the miraculous and endless possibility that he could have with Jesus—and that my friend, probably scared him silly. The power of our potential resides with Jesus. And, it’s this power that often frightens us.
Imagine yourself walking on water – the real possibility of it. Frightening? Yes. It’s trust without borders and a faith reality—our true potential in Jesus.
Enjoy this beautiful song and prayerfully consider where Jesus may be taking your feet: