But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.” Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come ahead.”
(Matthew 14:27-30 MSG)
After feeding the large crowd, Jesus sends His disciples away in the boat and goes up to the mountain to pray. A wind storm arises and the disciples are battered by the waves. Jesus sees their struggle and comes walking on the water towards the boat. They’re scared out of their wits and think He’s a ghost. He reassures them that it’s Him and tells them not to be afraid. Then Peter, the bold one, tells Jesus, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come ahead” (Matthew 14:22-30).
In 2017, I was at the Christian bookstore when I noticed this canvas on the wall. I admired it for a while and then continued to shop around. Not long after that I went through what I like to call a “Peter moment.” God used the story to give me an answer to my question and a solution to my problem (You can read about that experience in my post, “Keep Your Eyes on Jesus, It’s All About Him”). I’ve grown to love this story ever since. Just like Peter, I had my drowning moments, but as I called on the Saviour, He was quick to pick me up. A few months later, I was back at the bookstore to get the painting. It now hangs in my house as reminder of Jesus’ invitation to walk on water with Him.
Are you walking in victory? I believe that the more we walk with Jesus, the more He’ll call us to step out of our comfort zone and attempt the impossible, so we can become overcomers. I find it interesting that out of the twelve, Peter was the only bold disciple to step out of the boat and walk with Jesus. If we’ve been walking long enough with the Saviour, we’ll long for that kind of adventure. Don’t you? I know now that the only way I want to spend the rest of my life is walking in victory with the Saviour. I can’t swim and walking on water isn’t any easier, but as I keep my eyes on the Lord, I know that I’ll make it safely to shore. Like the other disciples, we’ll miss out on the excitement if we stay in the boat. Let’s step out and walk on water with Jesus. “Come ahead,” He says. Won’t you come?