Peter really walked on water.
It’s one of the incomprehensible Biblical miracles. One of those moments in history we have to let truly, “sink” in at the enormity of it.
Most of us, and if you’re like me hate the storms of life and especially getting stuck in the middle of one. The disciples were in a boat at the 3am hour, (why on earth would anyone want to be fishing at such a time I don’t know) and the storm approached with a vengeance. The winds roared. The waves crashed the boat and the sky lit up with lightning. A death watch.
But then….a man comes out of nowhere walking on the water. Of course they reacted as we would have with total fear of a ghost. Once they realized it was their beloved Jesus, Peter wants to go to him. As Jesus instructed, Peter stepped out on the water and began the walk of his life.
This walk has become famous. The line, “walking on water” has been used as a metaphor, comparison or a figure of speech in many conversations. It probably has been spoken by those who don’t even believe it.
I read today from Rev. Heather Butler these words about Peter’s legendary steps.
“Are you in the boat, is the storm raging, the Lord calls you to come, the wind and the waves are not an obstacle to you… Jesus didn’t change the molecular structure of the waves to accommodate Peter, rather He changed Peter the man and enabled him to accommodate the Word… The truth of the Word was the stepping stones that paved the wave for Peter to step out upon a pathway that led to Jesus.”
Did you get that?
Jesus didn’t change the storm; he changed Peter. Jesus gave Peter what he needed to do. He gave him what His word said.
He assisted Peter to do the impossible. He told him what to do. He gave Peter a promise that if he would come to Him walking on the water, Jesus would take care of him.
But why didn’t Jesus just respond to Peter’s request with, “Hey Peter, I’ll join you guys in the boat?”
That would’ve been too easy. It wouldn’t have been a life lesson. And what would history be without this story?
Jesus gave Peter a test while his friends watched with bated breath.
A test to keep his eyes fixed on His Lord, or sink.
Does this sound familiar?
It’s been the story of my life especially for the last 5 years.
Instead of God stopping the storms of our lives, he leaves the rage all around us to do what?
For Him to show up.
You can’t have a miracle without a crisis.
You can’t get a fix for that crisis without Jesus.
And the bottom line is none of us, can get through a moment without God.
Peter had to depend on Jesus.
It was either a dependence to keep on walking or that Jesus would catch him if he began to sink.
Peter did both. Just like we do.
When you’re going through hell, keep going.
Just make sure you know who you’re looking at while you’re going through it.
The key is to fix our eyes on Jesus so we won’t sink. Hebrews 12:2.