When life’s storms rise up, do you notice the wind and the rain or Jesus first?
You remember the story from Matthew 14. The disciples are getting tossed around in their boat in a violent storm when they see Jesus walking on the water toward them. Peter gets excited that its actually Jesus and asks him to command him to come out to him on the water.
So, Jesus said…’Come!’
Here’s a freebie. Be careful what you ask Jesus for.
When Peter got out of the boat and walked on water, he really knew two things to be true.
1. Peter knew that when Jesus says ‘come,’ he will make a way for us to come to him.
2. He also knew that its impossible to walk on water.
Now, Peter knew both of these truths. Truths that contradicted each other right then. In the moment, however, his belief in Christ was stronger and more instant than his belief in physics. His knowledge of the power of Jesus took over and disabled his ability to allow common sense to keep his rear seated in that boat.
So, has Jesus recently said to you ‘Come?’ Is there something he’s requiring of you that seems…..well……a bit crazy? If so, what was your gut-level reaction? Did you want to lunge toward obedience, or sit paralyzed by the plethora of sensible reasons (excuses) to do nothing?
Trust me, I’ve been there many times. And I’m there again right now.
Here’s what we need to do.
Jump out of the boat, fully aware of our surroundings, and keep our eyes locked in on the eyes of Christ.
When we do this, we are allowing the right truth to empower our actions.
I’d love to hear from you on this. What’s your next step? Feel free to leave a comment below.