“This morning I was journaling about the account of Peter’s walking on the water,” Stan began.
“That is one amazing story,” I replied.
“It is,” Stan said, “and it has some signifiant lessons for me.”
“Such as? I responded.
“First,” Stan said, “what happened with Peter is not limited to a boat. It applies to any situation in which I may find myself. God may want me to be somewhere else.”
“Second, Jesus spoke to Peter and said, ‘Come.’ I need to have my spiritual ears open so I can and will hear the voice of the Lord. If I am not paying attention, I will miss His invitation.”
“Third,” Stan continued, “Peter got out of the boat. If I don’t move myself out of whatever situation I am in, there is little chance that the Lord will do what He wants to do. While I know God can do whatever He wants, I don’t expect Him to grab me and pull me out of the ‘boat’. He wants me to choose.”
“And the next item is that Peter walked toward Jesus. He did not get out of the boat and start walking in any direction other than towards Jesus. I am to do the same. If I don’t, I will have missed the wonderful opportunity of following Him wherever He wants to lead.”
“This,” Stan continued, “is another instance of presenting what it means to be a disciple. Deny self, take up what God has for me to take up, and follow Him.”
Concluding, he said, “There are some other things about Peter’s adventure I want to talk about, but that will be another story for another day.”
And He said, “come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. Matthew 14:29.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you want me to follow you wherever you want to lead. Thank you for showing me that such following may require me to leave a place in which I may be comfortable and may not necessarily want to leave. I confess that I have often failed to hear your voice and have failed to make any effort to follow you. Please forgive me all of those instances, and please continue to want to lead me. I need your help in following. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.