The first of the sun’s rays had yet to break the long exhausting
night. What should have been an hour boat ride now stretched into a 6 hour
Jesus had instructed His disciples to board the boat and meet Him
on the other side of the lake. All night, a strong wind blowing against them caused
the delay. From the mountaintop, Jesus saw them straining at the oars and
walked out on the water to them.
Thinking they were looking at a ghost added terror to their
exhaustion. But Jesus comforted them immediately, “Take courage. It is I. Do
not be afraid.”*
And impulsive Peter replied, “Lord, if it is really You, then call
me to meet You on the water.”*
Why, I wonder, did Peter say this?
Why didn’t he say, like I would, “Lord, if it’s You, please come
TO ME – here where I am - in the safety of the boat – in the midst of the
storm. Come to me here, Lord.”
How often in difficult circumstances do I seek the Lord to meet me
where I am, rather than risk stepping out in faith to where He’s calling me?
Why can’t I be like Peter and say instead, “Lord, bring me to
where You are, where You want me to be.”
When we take the risk and step out in faith, we can do more than
walk on water.
Last year, I took a risk and called a friend to see what small
thing we might do to help victims of human trafficking. I had no idea that God
had bigger things in mind. Justice
Network is the product of two Jersey moms who took a step out of their boat.
My daughter asked God where He wanted her to be, and she found
herself studying dance ministry at Hillsong Intl. Leadership College in Sydney
Australia. It was the experience of a lifetime for her. (Click here for a video of the dance she choreographed to Oceans
out of the safety of the boat doesn’t always mean big things are in your
future. We don’t know what will happen. And
we don’t need to know. God knows.
need to take one step. Then follow that with one more step.
says that the Word is a lamp
to our feet and a light to our path. It’s not like a stadium floodlight
that makes the night as bright as day. It’s more like a flashlight in the dark
allowing us to see one step at a time.
we could see more, we’d run the other way. But God takes hold of our hand
providing peace and the strength to continue forward with trust that He knows
the way, and someday we may know too.
How is God
calling you to come to Him? Are you willing to take just one step of obedience?