Thursday, June 5, 2014


Okay, would it be easier to jump if the seas were calm or if they looked like this?  Would it make a difference to you?

Peter is one of my favorite people in the Bible.  Peter speaks before thinking so many times, yet he loves so deeply, he wants to do something now, he is so human like you and me.  

The story is found in Matthew 14 of Peter getting out of the boat and walking on water.  I love this story and today I was given a new thought by the Holy Spirit.  Would Peter have gotten out if the waters had been calm?  Peter was a fisherman, so he knew that storms like this caused a lot of people to die by staying with the boat.  Another thought is did he jump out or carefully get out of the boat?  Did he jump right into the water?  If the waters were calm, would he have felt the need so deeply to get out of the boat?

Do you remember when you were learning to swim?  I do.  It was a local swimming pool with a Coach that I trusted.  I knew he would catch me, but the waters were pretty calm and I was still very nervous when the day came to jump into the deep end. Even with Coach Mitchell  right there to catch me, if something went wrong.

Well, all of this got me to thinking.  Did people swim during biblical times?  Only thing I've found so far is not much, if at all.  So Peter was a fisherman that couldn't swim that jumped into the water.  Don't  you love him?  Yes, he was flawed, but so am I.  He was impatient, so was I.  He was willing, but am I?

How willing are we to jump into the sea?  How willing are we to begin the adventure that God is asking each of us to take?  Are you ready to jump in the water?  Are you waiting for rough seas before you jump?

God is asking all of us to jump in to wherever He is calling us to serve.  Don't compare your place to jump.  He calls each of us to our own individual journeys and they all look different.  Don't play the comparison game just jump where He is calling you...calm or rough go for it!

Sweet blessings,

1 comment:

Frankie said...

I do love Peter. He is so real! I read the story in Matthew 14 and what caught my eye was Jesus' question to Peter in v. 31, "why did you doubt?"

Scripture does not tell us Peter's response. Maybe because there is no sufficient answer to that question?