Description: If you are wanting to walk on water, you perhaps might do it easier with Him.
Verse: At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror. But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.” Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come ahead.” Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. Matthew 14:25-29
I have been under the weather and my wife and I watched the movie, “The Shack,” and there were many great lessons observed in the movie; but the best for me was when man was visited by Jesus as he as on the water in the boat to focus his eyes on Jesus and get out of the boat. This immediately reminded me of another story of a man who sensed Jesus on the water one night early in the morning and Jesus told Peter to come to Him out on the water.
This experience was an experience any human would want to have the ability to walk on the water by our own strength — our abilities and not the help from anyone else. But this is entirely impossible and doesn’t need much explanation because it cannot be done by our strength–ever. But as Peter was the only one who was wanting to know the truth that night, I doubt he as thinking about walking on the water was his first thoughts, but to validate that Jesus was the one who was out on the water and no ghost.
After he got out of the boat, it had to be invigorating to see Jesus, but when his flesh became real with the waves and what was really going on–he started to slip, fall, disappear and realize he couldn’t do this without someone’s help. When he was sinking under the water he sensed his true help with His hand to pull him back on top of the water. His eyes were now back on the source that would make anything possible.
In the movie, the man remembered his previous experience, but perhaps forgot how it was possible at all to experience walking on the water. as he started to walk on the water, he started to go under the water instead of walking as he done earlier. He looked back at Jesus on the banks of the water, and Jesus said, “It is much easier when you do it with me.” The man waited for Jesus to join him and they both ran gleefully on the water to the other side laughing with one another.
Today is no different with whatever journey you are traveling. God does not want you to walk alone, He wants to accompany us to whatever or wherever we are going. When we attempt to do this life alone, we will face things that we cannot handle, but with God it is possible to get through any storm –or any difficult situation. Peter was the only disciple that could share a story about walking on the water one night. But you and I have the same ability to share our story of a moment where God showed up and helped us through a moment that we could not get through–without His help.
My friend perhaps you are on a journey alone–you don’t have to go another step alone. He will accompany you if you invite Him to the journey you are traveling. It may require your trusting in something that you have never done before–but it will possibly have a great story to share with the world. It’s your choice and the experience will be invigorating if you will allow yourself to believe in something new or different. I am certain it will change your life forever.
Prayer: Lord help me see I cannot do this life alone. The darkened things that harm me I may not clearly understand–but with your help–the journey is safer. Amen