Take The Step
By Johnny McHue
So here I am in the middle of the sea on a boat. It’s dark, a little cold and a fog has settled. Out of nowhere, I see what appears to be a ghost moving across the water. I double take and realize it’s Jesus walking across the water but I’m not sure, so I call out to Him: “Jesus, if that’s you call me out to walk to you.”
Ok, so this hasn’t happened to me, at least not yet. I do have a boat so technically it could happen, right? But I know I’m not alone here. Maybe you have pictured yourself in your favorite Bible character’s shoes during a big moment of faith. I know my imagination usually takes me on an awesome journey. I have always liked this particular passage because it brings me great hope.
I can relate to him because I know the struggle. I will never forget the moment when God spoke to me about moving to Cincinnati. I was in my living room and asking God for guidance and I continued to hear Cincinnati. For a guy who grew up in Cleveland and lived within 20 miles of my entire family, this was a huge step. When I talked to my wife Whitney about the move she asked one question. Are you sure? This was my chance to doubt or hesitate. As recent newlyweds struggling to make ends meet this was tough.
We continued to pray and ultimately God led us here. I am so grateful that Jesus called us to step out in our faith. The life change that has happened in our hearts since moving is incredible. That first step was the hardest step to take, yet the reward so far has been well worth it.
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
It wasn’t until Peter realized what he was doing and put his faith in himself that he sank. What would have happened if Peter had kept Jesus in His sight? Would he have walked straight to Jesus? He certainly wouldn’t have sunk but would this story be meaningful if he didn’t sink? The strongest stories always seem to have an element of failing. But the best part is that, in our failures, Jesus is glorified because it brings glory back to Him.
Sometimes we may be utterly terrified at the thought of “getting out of the boat”. But the moment Peter needed Jesus the most, He was right there to catch him. The hardest part for Peter was not calling out for help but getting out of the boat. What about you? Is there a step of faith and obedience God is calling you to? What are you going to do about it? If you never “step out of the boat” how do you know you need the help? Just take the step and trust that Jesus is right there waiting!