Peter was the one disciple who found the courage to go over the side of the boat and walk on top of the water to meet Jesus. Without a doubt, it was one of the more formative moments of his relationship with God and this would influence the rest of His life.
But Jesus and Peter didn’t walk the rest of the way to the shore; they – both of them – climbed back into the boat, rejoining the others who were there. When they climbed aboard, the storm stopped. That’s what the story says. Peter’s leap of faith brought peace and presence to his entire community of disciples. One person’s trust.
Though the journey begins with an individual choice to receive the love of God, Christianity is not a personal or private faith. Whether or not you trust God, or how much you trust Him, is not your own private affair. Your trust in God, or lack of it, always impacts others around you.
Peter’s example shows us that if we are willing to open up in trust to the greater possibilities of God’s presence, we will bring the Savior into places that have become fearful and dangerous, to circumstances that are confused, and to people who are lost and hurting. In sharing our walk with God, we give others the gift of seeing what their faith may not have been ready yet to see on their own. And by this living out loud and together, God will be made recognizable as a saving presence among us.
That is what happened out on the sea that night. God showed up, one person trusted, and everyone was changed. This is the story we are called to live in as well.
The Real Question: Do I live my trust in God out loud? Do others see and experience God’s saving presence more because of the way I live?
Family Talk: Share with your kids how their faith has encouraged your own faith. Express to your children how much you love and appreciate them just as they are.
ONE in Prayer: God, help me to appreciate the significance of my trust in You, not just for myself but also for others. I want to be the one who brings You back into the boat of our world so that all may see God for Who He is. Amen.