Good Morning Gorgeous,
It’s a brand new day. A fresh start. A new dawn. A new chance. A new opportunity. New. New. New. I love mornings for the sweet and gentle reminder each day that we can choose change. Each day is a new chance that we are gifted. A new chance to try again. A new chance to get back up and get back into the game afresh and renewed. Yesterday has passed with the darkness of night, and a new dawn is emerging. With the birth of this new day comes new opportunities for each one of us to lock eyes with Jesus and get out of the safety of the boat.
This morning, I read the story of Peter and Jesus walking on water yet again. There are so many treasures in this story. So many different facets that we can shine light onto and be encouraged.
When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying,Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:26-33
Do you notice how the disciples didn’t recognize Jesus from the boat? They thought that He may be a ghost, and they were scared. Jesus tells them, “Take Courage. It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Peter boldly tells Jesus to tell him to come and walk on the water too. Jesus says one word…. “Come.” And Peter bravely and courageously takes Jesus up on His offer. He gets out of the boat and he walks on water too! He heads right for Jesus.
Miraculous, magnificent, inspiring, beautiful, and oh so relevant to our lives today! Jesus is still calling us to do the impossible today! He invites us gently with the word, “Come.” When we boldly step out of our comfort zone, get out of the safety of the boat, and walk toward Jesus, we can walk on water!
We can move ahead and do things that we couldn’t do before. We are equipped and able because we are eye to eye with Jesus. He is coaching us. He is speaking with us. He is looking into our eyes and all of our focus and our attention is on HIM.
As we ignore every distraction, every challenge, all of the struggle, and we just lock eyes with our Savior, we can move ahead even in the impossible places. We can defy the laws of science and walk on top of water. We can see relationships mended. Doors open that had previously remained closes. Opportunities arise. Hearts healed. Eyes open. People coming spiritually awake who have been sleeping. To experience breakthrough and stay in breakthrough, we have to partner with Jesus in two ways that we learned in this story. 1st to get out of the boat when He says, “Come.” 2nd- keep our eyes steadfast on Jesus alone.
As soon as Peter looked around him and focused on the wind and the waves, he started to sink. As soon as he took his eyes off of the power source and began to see the problems all around him, he succumbed to problems and started sinking. He lost the power that we receive when we choose to ignore all of the issues coming against us and instead just focus on our Lord who has the power to move mountains, heal disease, steady our thoughts, take our burdens, save us from our sins, and empower us to do the impossible with Him.
And Jesus’s compassion even when we doubt is so evident. The bible uses the word: immediately.
Jesus did not wait to save Peter. He did not leave him for a moment or two because of his doubt. Not Jesus. He immediately reached down and caught him. So even when we do doubt, even when our eyes leave the Shepherd momentarily and we succumb to worry, fear, and the anxieties of this world get the best of us, Jesus is right there!
He will lift you up and bring you back to the safety of the boat. He will minister to you. He will remind you that He is Lord and in control and you can trust Him. And He will even give you another opportunity to get out of the boat.
So whatever you are battling against today, try taking your eyes off of the storm, wind, and waves. Just look to Jesus and He will enable you to do something you’ve never done before!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for your equipping grace that allows us to do the impossible. Lord, help us to keep our eyes locked on You despite the storms around us. Calm our fears and keep us eye to eye with You walking on water.
Blessings and more walking on water moments!