“Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” (Matthew 14: 28)
I love the story of the Disciples in the boat on one of the many times they were crossing the sea. The storms are pounding the boat and they are terrified. Suddenly, out over the sea they see a figure walking toward them and they think at that moment they were seeing a ghost and their fate is doomed. They finally realize what they are seeing is Jesus walking toward them on the sea. An amazing vision of Jesus who sees beyond the limitation of earthly human form and into the very essence and possibility of what God can do in the world. Peter tests Jesus and says that if he is really Jesus he will command him to walk out to Jesus. Jesus calls forth to Peter to come and join him and Peter steps out onto the raging water and at first he is successful in walking toward Jesus. Jesus tells him to keep his eyes locked and fixed on him. Don’t look away, don’t let anything happening around him, the raging waters or the wind, alter the fact that Peter is in the gaze of the Christ. But, in all his humanity, with human limitations and expectations, with a human mind-set and with human experiences, Peter, seeing the waves and the wind, becomes frightened and begins to sink. And what does Jesus do? He reaches out his hand and lovingly pulls Peter back up.
In the presence of the Christ, with our gaze upon him, we will always be safe, blessed, anointed and strengthened. With our gaze firmly affixed on Christ the earthly limitations of life no longer bind us to what we think is possible. In this gaze, the scope of possibility is now unlimited.
As we live our lives, and desire to move forward as dedicated students of Jesus, at times we all have to be willing to get out of the boat. No matter what is happening all around you, whatever your human senses and limitations are saying to you, in Christ we are reconciled to an unlimited and perfect God. Sometimes we need to get out of the boat. Get out of the safety zone of the way things have always been. What has been is just history. It is over, hopefully we have learned something from it and can now move on to a new experience. Now, with a renewed faith, we can finally see the transforming possibility of our life that can only be found in trusting, living and breathing with the Christ.
Affirmation: “With my eyes firmly fixed upon those of Jesus I know I am always safe and protected.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
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