I wonder if Peter really expected Jesus to call him out of the boat?
In Matthew 14 we read a story of Jesus walking on the water. His disciples were in a boat and while it was still dark, Jesus went out to meet them – walking on top of the water. I tend to picture the scene by thinking Jesus would have been content to keep on walking, but the disciples saw him and got scared. Since it was still dark – and of course since there was a man standing on top of the water – they assumed he was a ghost.
But Peter finally recognized Jesus. Still a little unsure of himself he said, “Lord, if it is you, tell me to come out on the water.” That makes sense. Peter is trying to make sure that he is right – that this really is Jesus. But I am not sure he expected Jesus to say, “Come.”
Have you ever done that? Have you ever asked God to clarify his calling? “God, if this is what you want me to do, show me a sign.” Has that statement, or something similar, ever been part of your prayer?
Peter wanted proof that Jesus was really standing there before him but I am not sure he expected Jesus to say, “come on in, the water is fine.”
Here’s the thing. Jesus really is with us – walking with us. And Jesus really does call us to do things that may seem impossible to us. But just like Peter, as long as we trust him fully and keep our eyes on him only, he will do amazing things through us.
How is Jesus calling you today?
Answer that call and step out.