Get out of the boat

Date: Thursday, June 19

ScriptureMatthew 14:22-33

Verse: Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.” And Jesus said, “Come.” Then Peter got out of the boat and was walking on the water toward Jesus. (Matthew 14:28-29)

first stepIf you are my age, I’m sure you remember those old Bugs Bunny cartoons we used to watch on Saturday mornings. One of the lines I still remember and sometimes use, was repeated whenever someone fell from dizzying heights: “Watch that first step. It’s a doozy.” First steps in faith can be a doozy. We may have dreamed about the end result, but starting out not completely sure where the journey will take us and trusting only in God to guide us, can take quite a bit of courage.

Which in my mind makes Peter’s request of Jesus, “if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water,” all the more remarkable. What was he thinking? It was safe and secure in the boat, as the other 11 guys knew. What made him think Jesus could do this for him. But he was right. Jesus asked him to “Come,” and Peter stepped out of the boat, taking his first step on the water.

I think there are times when Jesus calls all of us to get out of the safety and security of our “boats” and follow him out on the water. Often, we challenge his call. It doesn’t make sense. The risk is too great. And so we stay put. But imagine what Peter would have missed out on had he not taken that first step. Maybe we are missing out too by staying safe and secure in the boat.

Prayer: Give me the courage to follow you, Lord Jesus, even when you call me out from the boat onto the water. Amen.

Action: Consider: What is your boat? What water are you being called to walk out upon?

Respond: What “first steps” have filled you with anxiety, but because you had the courage to take them, great things have happened?

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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