Inside of the safety net of your sheltered life, you learn to step over or tip-toe around as many obstacles as possible.
Not wanting to offend, you don’t take a turn in speech or interjection. You meekly stand by waiting for direction instead of taking initiative.
The waters look rough and tempting to take on the waves is just too daunting a task. You already feel like you’re drowning before you launch from the dock.
Will I be able to steer this vessel?
What if a storm rolls in, who will guide me through the turbulence?
Whom will direct my bearings?
I cannot do this, so maybe I should sit out.
As you think through these things, the obstacle that you fail to seek out is the inevitable need to get out of the boat. The fear of getting your feet wet is much too overwhelming and if there are bigger, smarter or more determined minds around, you feel you can deflect to them.
But what if the bigger or smarter minds are not being called to the water’s edge? What if, in your meekness, the Lord has a perfect mission just for you? Is your fear going to hold you back from the commission that laps at your sandals that you are fretting over getting a little bit wet?
Be like Peter. Take the first step. Get out of the boat.
Matthew 14: 29-31
“Come,” said Jesus.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and took hold of Peter. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?”
Peter didn’t sink because he lost faith in Jesus. Perhaps he started to go under because he thought Jesus lost faith in him. But the most profound part, Peter got out of the boat. How many times have we stood by teetering on the thought of stepping out but lose the faith in our own capabilities to trust the Lord’s provision?
I want to be like Peter. Stepping out, I want to trust in Jesus’ love and faithfulness in us to make it across that water.How many times have we stood by teetering on the thought of stepping out but lose the faith in our own capabilities to trust the Lord's provision? Click To Tweet
Get out of the boat.
Don’t let people say that you are too simple or too meek to accomplish the Lord’s will.
Let us turn to Jesus and keep our eyes on Him as we walk across that water. He will carry us if the need be, because He loves us, and will provide what we need to make it across.