“Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.
But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.””
(Matthew 14:22–33 ESV)
Like most well known Bible stories, this one has lost it’s bite for the retelling.
In the spirit of “making my own application” I’ve had to revisit it and see if I can get it’s teeth back.
“Walking on the water” is simply a metaphor for “stepping out in faith” which is Christianeze for “taking a chance in which the odds are against you, but God will hopefully save your backside”.
As I feel like I may need to do this, it’s best that I replicate the conditions under which it was successfully done once.
The first condition is a storm.
A “storm” is a metaphor for a really difficult situation.
Water walking does not happen on placid waters in lovely weather.
Multiple choice storms if need be.
The second condition is trying to get out of the storm on your own for an extended period of time and failing.
Practice makes perfect.
The third condition is having tried and failed to get out of the storm on your own for an extended period of time you are now utterly exhausted and think your boat is going to capsize and you’re going to drown. “Drowning” is a metaphor for “drowning”.
Once again, practice makes perfect.
This is where things get tricky.
This is the point where Jesus shows up to save the day, but we don’t recognize Him…because His presence is in the problem.
He arrives on the storm and in the storm and sometimes He looks like another problem.
This is where you must carefully listen for the voice you recognize as His.
Once you do, once you have His word, He bids you to act.
He calls you to act personally personally…water walking is not a team sport.
There are many people observing however.
You will still be scared.
You will still be exhausted.
You will be unsure it’s really Him you heard.
When you sink, you won’t drown.
He will catch you.
He will calm the storm.
I have to go get my feet wet.
Make your own application…