This year has shaken the world to its core. I’m more than ready to return to normal life. How about you? Has your life changed? Regardless of what you may have lost, there is a lighthouse of hope and faith shining in the distance. We may be uncertain about our future, but we can be certain of WHO holds our future. Jesus. He will always be our answer to whatever we face along life’s road.
Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ And He said, ‘Come!’Matthew 14: 28-29a NASB
Has Jesus ever extended His hand, called you, and said, Come?” In this topsy-turvy boat of 2020, we yearn to grasp the comforting, outstretched hand of our Savior, but there’s a catch.
Walk on the water?
Jesus had sent his disciples ahead of him to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. During that windy night, the Lord appeared in the distance, walking on the water. The disciples initially cried out, thinking they had seen a ghost.
“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid’”Matthew 14:27 NASB
Peter’s boldness tested the veracity of the Lord’s identity. After Jesus called to him, he stepped out of the rocking boat and kept his eyes on Jesus. Miraculously, the water supported his weight. He took one step, then another. Just when he might have grown a bit confident, the wind kicked up, causing a distraction.
“But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’”Matthew 14:30 NASB
When we take our eyes of faith off the Lord, fear causes us to sink into a sea of doubt.
Twenty-twenty has been a year of immense change.
In some ways, our lives may never be the same. Regardless, we mustn’t be fearful of the windy, unfamiliar days on which we now tread. Jesus will always keep us safe. We can trust Him with all our hearts.
“Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’”Matthew 14:31 NASB
How did the story end? Here is the best part.
“When Jesus and Peter got into the boat, the wind stopped. And the rest of the disciples who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, ‘You are certainly God’s Son!’”Matthew 14:32-33 NASB
As Jesus calms the storms in our lives, our hearts will burst with gratitude. We will fall on our knees and worship Him. Like the disciples, we have proof of His identity—He is indeed the Son of God.
Jesus is extending His hand and saying, Come!” Are you ready to step out of your boat and walk on the water?
Dear Jesus, when we’re in a storm, may our eyes stay focused on You. Give us courageous faith to walk on the water to Your outstretched hand. We praise You for keeping us safe in Your loving arms. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Copyright 2020: Walking on the Water: Author Karen Jurgens: All Rights Reserved