Then Peter called to him, "Lord, if it's really you, tell me to come to you by walking on water."
"All right, come," Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. "Save me, Lord!" he shouted. Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and grabbed him. "You don't have much faith," Jesus said. "Why did you doubt me?"…And when they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Matthew 14:28-32
We've been invited—scripted—into The Story. But it's not just a story about an impulsive fisherman taking a crazy chance 2,000 years ago. It's a story about anyone who is ready for the adventure—who is ready to take the risk of getting outside their comfort zone to do great and impossible things with Jesus. But we are never made to come, we are invited.
I am Peter. I've accepted the invitation into the story because I want more out of life than staying behind in the boat. I see Jesus out in the water, telling me I can do it with Him, and I believe. I'm ready for the impossible.
But sometimes I forget that the water is going to get rough. If it stayed too placid, I would get over-confident and forget just how miraculous it is to be out there doing something so impossible. I wouldn't get to know the power of the One I'm with. The waves remind me that this has never been about me.
Lately I'm on stormy water. Problems have come. Impossibilities have magnified. Discouragement has set in. I've been terrified at times, fearing I'll drown in the invitation. Focusing on my circumstances, I've forgotten momentarily Who I'm with. "Help! Save me, Lord!"
Instantly Jesus reaches out His hand to grab me—the same hand that formed the galaxies. And then I hear the gentle words of rebuke. "You don't have much faith. Why did you doubt me?"
But instead of climbing back into the boat, like Peter, I ask Him to stay with me out in the waves. I'm not ready to go back to a safe life. I don't necessarily want the wind to stop. Instead, I want to finish the story in total faith with the One who will keep me safe.