“Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”
“But Jesus spoke to them at once, ‘Don’t be afraid,’ he said. ‘Take courage. I am here!’
Then Peter called to him, ‘Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.’
“Yes, come,‘ Jesus said.”
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.
When God calls us out, we as Christians call that walking out on faith. But walking out on faith is a lot like walking out on water — it can come with peace or it can come with turbulence. Walking out on water is something most of us (if not all of us) have never done before. That’s why Jesus used Peter specifically for this miracle. There were other disciples on the boat but Peter was chosen. Why? Because Peter sought after God. Jesus performed a lot of miracles and each one was unique and specific. Most of the miracles Jesus performed were for those who sought after Him.
We’re all in a storm right now. However, some of us still believe that stepping out on faith is like the picture I presented above. I took this beautiful picture in the midst of one of the hardest seasons of my life. When I used to see this picture, I thought this would remind me of how I stepped out on faith. Now it only reminds me of God’s peace in the storm. Stepping out on faith is often times choppy, messy, and difficult. It often happens in the uncertainty and the darkest of times. But it’s never about the storm that surrounds us, it’s about the peace that’s with us which is found in God.
This story was never about Peter doing the unthinkable and walking out on water. It was never about him being able to walk in the middle of the storm. It was about the One who was out there calling after him. It was about the One telling him “Yes, come.”
We’re all on the boat right now. We’re all in the middle of a storm with this coronavirus causing panic and chaos around us. But who will step out? Who’s intrigued enough about the Man on the Water to ask, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you.” Who wants to be called?
Who’s prepared for the call?
I believe God is calling all of us right now in the storm. We’re living in a time of uncertainty and chaos and to the Lord that is the most perfect time. It is the perfect time to be called so that you can recognize what peace really is. When everything was going well for us, some depended on their jobs, schools, and favorite restaurants for peace. Some depended on celebrities and government officials for peace. Take all of that away and what do you have? Who is really there for you? Think about the social distancing that has to take place right now. Who is the only one that can reach you in this storm?
God is calling, will you step out? You are living in the most perfect time to live by faith. Don’t be afraid. Don’t try and get it right, just try. Step out on the water. Remember: it was only when Peter looked away when he began to sink. Stay focused on the One that brings peace.