When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear. At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Can you walk on water? Have you tried? Like Peter, we all have doubts.
- We are told “be not afraid,” yet we are still filled with fear.
- We are told “do not let your heart be troubled,” yet our hearts are often filled with worry and anxiety.
- We are told to “trust in the Lord with all your heart,” yet there are times when we try to figure out everything ourselves without asking God for guidance.
We all begin to sink. And then we cry out: “Lord, save me.”
“O you of little faith.”
Starting today, I’m going to practice walking on water. Every move I make on solid earth, I will imagine that I’m traveling atop a smooth, clear body of water.
I take one step after another.
I move safely from shore-to-shore.
All doubt and fear is removed from me.
I am filled with faith.
All because Jesus simply says, “Come.”
Dan Herda is an editor of theROCK.