Right then, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead to the other side of the lake while he dismissed the crowds. When he sent them away, he went up onto a mountain to pray. Evening came and he was alone. Meanwhile, the boat, fighting a strong headwind, was being battered by the waves and was already far away from land. Very early in the morning he came to his disciples, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” They were so frightened they screamed. Just then Jesus spoke to them, “Be encouaged! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.” Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.” And Jesus said, “Come.” Then Peter got out of the boat and was walking on water toward Jesus. But when Peter saw the strong wind, he became frightened. As he began to sink, he shouted, “Lord,
Rescue me!” Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him, saying, “You man of weak faith! Why did you begin to have doubts?” When they got into the boat, the wind settled down. Then those in the boat worshipped Jesus and said, “You must be God’s Son!”
In If You Want to Walk On Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, John Ortberg writes: Out on the risky waters of faith, Jesus is waiting to meet you and offer you his Holy Spirit, power that will change your life forever, deepening your faith and trust in God. Deep within you lies the same faith and longing that sent Peter walking across the wind-swept Sea of Galilee toward Jesus. He invites us to consider the incredible potential that awaits you outside your comfort zone. Out on those risky waters of faith, Jesus is waiting to meet you in ways that will change you forever, deepening your character and your trust in God.
What will happen if you try it? The experience can be terrifying. It can be thrilling beyond
belief. It’s everything you would expect of someone worthy to be called Lord. The choice is yours to know him as only a water-walker can, aligning yourself with God’s purpose for your life in the process.
One of my favorite movies is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Indiana and his father are on an adventure to find the Holy Grail, the cup that Jesus drank out of the night of the Last Supper. When they finally decipher the clues and arrive at the temple where the
Holy Grail is, Indiana has to go through three dangerous tests: the breath of God, the word of God and the path of God. The path of God has Indiana stepping from a place called The Lions Head into a massive, bottomless chasm. He stands there and contemplates, ‘What
do I do next?’ He realizes his quandary and then you can hear his father in the background, who’s been shot and is dying. Only a drink from the Holy Grail will save him. Indiana hears “You must believe boy, you must believe” and must decide to take that step into the
chasm, a step that will cost him his life.
What does he do? Indiana sees from the edge of this chasm a massive bottomless dark space that he knows he cannot jump across but finds out that it is not what it seems. But is not that the case of life. What often seems impossible is not always so.
Berni Dymet writes: “So often in life we stand on the edge looking down, realizing we can’t cross it and the only thing to do is to stay there, where we are, but for Indiana Jones, that wasn’t an option. His father was dying and the one thing that could save Dad was the Holy Grail on the other side of this uncrossable chasm and when the status
quo is no longer an option, the only other alternative is to take a leap of faith into the unknown and discover whether the uncrossable is crossable. It’s the Indiana Jones dilemma; at the end of the day there is only one option and that is taking a leap of faith but just like Indiana, we look down at the precipice and think, ‘Oh God, surely this is not possible, surely I’m going to fail’ but then, when we’re standing on the edge of the precipice, things are not always what they seem.”
Have you ever asked yourself exactly what is faith? (to be continued)