Monday, August 25, 2008

Walking on Water

You’ve heard the story. It is three o’clock in the morning. A storm is raging on the lake where Jesus’ disciples are sailing without Him. Jesus walks across the turbulent waters toward the boat. When Peter sees Him, he offers to step out onto the water. At Jesus’ command, “Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus” (Matthew 14:29, NIV).

It is easy to rush through this passage in Matthew. I know how the story turns out. Peter takes his eyes off Christ, his faith falters and he promptly sinks. But today, one verse caught my attention, “Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” Maybe it was because someone remarked that we have never walked on water. I respectfully beg to differ.

Walking on water is a miraculous feat that defies the laws of man and nature. I see believers walk on water every day. Each time someone picks up their cross and moves in the direction God would have them go, they are defying the laws of man and nature.

When a woman reaches out once again to an aging father who has wounded her deeply, she is walking on water. When an expectant mother chooses life for her child with special needs, she is walking on water. When a betrayed wife commits to doing her part to repair a marriage, she is walking on water. When a woman bolsters her family in the wake of bad news from her doctor, she is walking on water.

We have all had those bright and shining moments when we leaned on our Lord and got it right. We have all done things, great or small that were humanly impossible. I am guilty of rushing past those memories to fret over the rest of the story, the part where my faith falters and I sink. Today, I feel called to pause, to savor the times I fell into step with God and got a taste of what it will be like when I am made like Him. I invite you to join me for a moment of joy and hope, to consider when you or those around you truly have walked on water.

May you feel His grace today,
Gail W.

The last Word:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9, NIV.

1 comment:

Bonita said...

This is so encouraging and well-written! It makes you think of the story from a different perspective.