We are Part of the Story

It is an encounter that takes up only eleven verses (14:22-33) in the book of Matthew.  But it is an encounter that would shape lives from there on.  All of us identifies with one of the personalities involved.  We have Jesus who has just finished a time of prayer and seeks to reconnect with the disciples in a boat in the middle of the lake while a storm blows.  Jesus decides to walk to them, on the water no less.

We have a boat load of disciples who are exhausted, fearful, and I imagine praying.  They have been in this boat for several hours.  Between the wind and waves, the hour is early in the morning and they are still trying to make it to shore.  It is like being caught in a Midwest blizzard with ice and snow with a long way to go.  Of course, they are praying.  Then they see Jesus.

When they see his presence, their first impressions are – don’t know.  To explain it they cast about and fearfully decide it is a ghost on the water.  Then, Jesus calls out to them, “Take heart, it is I.  Do not be afraid.”

Then our other personality reveals himself, Peter.  Whether testimony or confirmation, Peter calls out, “Lord, if it is you command me to come to you on the water.” 

Jesus responds, “Come.”

We all know the story.  Many times, throughout history all of us have identified with Peter or the others within the boat.  We want to believe that we would have the faith of Peter to try.  Then we have moments where we find ourselves staying in the boat with the others.  The thing to remember in these moments, that it is all about Jesus. 

Some of us have the bravado of Peter and say, “Call me to come” and I will.  Others of us say all kinds of things like, “He’s stupid.”  Another might say, “I hope he makes it.”  Another is cheering, “Go, Peter, Go.”  Trust me, there is also one who is saying, “I want to try.”  The neat thing about the story is that all of them together make the story.

I don’t know where you are in your walk of faith.  What I do know is that you are part of the story.  I don’t know if you are in the boat questioning Peter’s decision or cheering.  Maybe you are like Peter and you are already stepping over the gunwales of the boat.  Here’s what I do know, you are part of the story and the only other thing that is important is Jesus.  Keep your eyes on Jesus.

FCC has some big things coming.  Some of us will question.  Others of us will hope.  Others of us will ask, “when is it my turn?”  All of us will draw upon the last vestiges of our strength and know for sure that Jesus is in control.  Keep your eyes on Jesus, he calms the storms and encourages us to take it to the next level, “Do you want to get out of the boat?”

C U on the 13th,

Bill

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