Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:25-31
This is an iconic story that is told again and again. The story of Jesus walking on water speaks volumes and there is so much you can take from it. When I read this story I instantly think about trusting God and God calling me out of my comfort zone.
Imagine you are Peter, the boat is your comfort zone and the water is where Jesus is calling you. In this story, the boat is what was keeping the disciples from death which led to it being their comfort zone. Peter called out to Jesus saying if it was Him that he would go to Him. Then Jesus called him out of his comfort zone and into the water.
God wants to takes us places we thought and couldn’t go and do things we couldn’t do. Peter could have never imagined of walking on water before this but that is exactly what Jesus told him to do. The amazing thing is, in order for Peter to accomplish this, he had to keep his focus on Jesus.
When Jesus calls out into the water, out of our comfort zone, we have to keep our focus on Jesus or we will sink. That is what happened to Peter, he was walking on water, then he noticed the wind and the waves and was afraid. We can often be afraid when we are out of our comfort zone, but we need to remember that when God is with us, we will prevail. If we try to accomplish what God is calling us to on our own, we will fail.
When you read on, you see an amazing thing, God’s love. When Peter began to sink, Jesus was there to rescue him. No matter what, when we step out of our comfort zone to the place God is calling, God will be there to carry us through. Wherever God leads, Keep your focus on Jesus and He will make provision and will carry you through.