This week’s blog post reflects on the story of Peter walking on water.
The passage is found in Matthew 14:22-33:
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
I want to encourage you to follow Peter’s example, to get out of the boat and walk on water.
I see walking on water as a metaphor for the spectacular dreams that God plants in our hearts. Peter sees Jesus walking on water, performing a miracle and this miracle of Jesus inspires Peter to want to experience a miracle as well. Likewise, when we read about Peter walking on water, it should encourage us to step out in faith and do something spectacularly miraculous.
Too often, we are satisfied with lives that are average and ordinary. We settle into a routine that is mundane, and feel our spirits drained by boredom and stagnation. This is what happens when you don’t have a great dream in your heart, something spectacular that lights a fire in your soul. Peter felt safe in the boat, but when He saw Jesus walking on water, something stirred inside him. He wanted more than just a safe, ordinary life, he wanted to do something as amazing, he wanted to go on an adventure with Jesus, stepping out of the comfortable boat to join Jesus in the stormy water. Peter walking on water can be seen as an encouragement for us to leave our safety and security behind, and to pursue new life goals that are adventurous, amazing, magnificent, astounding – truly spectacular.
So I’d encourage you to reflect on your life. What would be your equivalent of walking on water? Perhaps it’s leaving your boring job and becoming your own boss, creating a business selling products you’re passionate about. Maybe it’s screwing up the courage to share the gospel with your friends, or going on a mission trip with the intention of touching thousands of lives. Maybe it’s a dream of raising a massive amount of money for your favourite charity.
I want to encourage you to dream big. In Ephesians 3:20, Paul tells us that God can do immeasurably more than what we can imagine. Just as the disciples fell down and worshipped Jesus after they saw him walk on water, ask God to fulfil a dream that is so big that when He brings it to pass, you’ll fall on your knees and worship Him.