Peter could well have been a raving lunatic. He stepped out of a boat, in a storm, at night. He didn’t even have a clear view that it was Jesus out on the water; he needed to yell to see if it was Him. And he surely couldn’t explain what he thought he was seeing – Jesus walking on the stormy sea.
We know from the whole of the story that Peter wasn’t crazy, but he was dispossessed of himself. When Peter stepped out, he let go of self-concern and left a perfectly good boat, a boat that Jesus had told him to get into just a few hours earlier. It would not necessarily have been disobedient for Peter to stay in the boat; he was right where Jesus had told him to be. But Peter was rightly focused on the Person more than the predictable path.
It is interesting to wonder what the disciples who stayed in the boat might say to us. Perhaps it might be this: “Don’t miss it. If you live with Jesus long enough, He is likely to invite you out into strange, uncertain places for the opportunity to experience Him in incredible ways. He does this just for love. And when He does this, very often, it will be your choice whether or not you draw nearer or remain where He put you. It may be more about desire than obedience, because ultimately, God wants our hearts, not just our good behavior. He may call you beyond the structure that He has given to your life; He may let you step out of a perfectly good boat.”
The Real Question: What good things in my life might God invite me to step out of so that I can encounter Him in a new way?
Family Talk: Talk with your kids about the difference between good, better and best. Give an example of giving up something good in order to receive something better.
ONE in Prayer: Lord, help me not to cling to the things that You have given to me or called me to more than I cling to You. I want to meet you wherever You are. Amen.