Sometimes God asks us to do really difficult things.
Consider Peter. He and other disciples were in a boat on the sea of Galilee in the middle of a storm. Their small fishing boat was being rocked and buffeted by winds and waves. They were in fear for their lives, but the boat was their little enclave of relative safety from the maelstrom. Fisherman don’t voluntarily leave their boats for the churning waters. Do they? Not usually.
But then they see a figure walking towards them in the waves. It was Jesus.
24 But the boat was now in the midst of the sea, distressed by the waves; for the wind was contrary.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came unto them, walking upon the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a ghost; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto the upon the waters.
29 And he said, Come. And Peter went down from the boat, and walked upon the waters to come to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, and saith unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32 And when they were gone up into the boat, the wind ceased. (Matthew 14:24-32 NIV)
Was it hard for Peter to step out of that boat when Jesus called him to? I’m sure it must have been. PEOPLE CAN’T WALK ON WATER. I’m sure Peter was well aware of that. 😉
But getting out of the boat was the easy part. Anyone can get out of a boat. It’s the impossible tasks that follow getting out of the boat that are the hard part.
Getting out of the boat takes bravery.
Walking on water takes faith and belief.
At times in our lives, God calls us to “get out of our boat”. Some people do, some don’t. God calls us out of our boats in order to do amazing things, impossible things, walk on water sorts of things, things that we simply could not do if not for Jesus.
When he calls you out of your boat, don’t be afraid. Get out of the boat. Then what? Don’t look down. Don’t look around. Keep your eyes set on Jesus. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to walk on water because you look down and see that you’ve been asked to do that what is for you the impossible.
The end of the story has both Peter and Jesus back in the boat, and the winds are calmed. We aren’t asked to do the impossible forever. There is calm after the storm.