The seas have been rocky most of my life.
I hold tight to the rail in case I am flung to the deck. I grab on to my loved ones in case the sea tries to pull them in. I deny queasiness and avoid looking too deep into the blue. It’s too dreadful to think what could await me in the suffocating abyss.
I don’t lack faith in that these storms will pass because they always do. My guiding light house always stands to be seen on every horizon. What I do lack is faith to get out of the boat when the waves are too high, too cold, too dreary, uninviting, or simply reject me, tossing my body back in. My name is not Peter no matter how hard I try to harness even a smidgen of what he had.
Peter got out of the boat. He was the first in faith, first to follow and first to church. His random doubts and waywardness kept people on their toes, but always came back to ground them by his faithfulness to Jesus.
I want to get out of the boat, to walk on water because of my utter faith, and to remember to call out when I sink, because we all sink. But to be able to have enough tenacity to just stick my leg over the edge would fulfill my being with something more than the doubts that bark at the back of my head, drowning out any headway that I have ever made in the past.
Matthew 4:18-19 NIV
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
And Peter dropped it all, and followed Jesus.
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
And Peter went and walked on water.
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
And Peter led the first Christians.
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Peter encouraged others in faith.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
And Peter brought us hope.
The man lacked tact and was quite uncouth at times, but he had great faith that led the church in the early days. He stands as an example for us who lack the same things. We can be like him in this faith despite our human nature to sink. We can get out of the boat. We can thrive.We can get out of the boat. We can thrive. Click To Tweet