Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14: 22-33
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Lord, You know this is one of my favorite stories.
The image of You walking on top of the water amid the waves.
Peter’s crazy enthusiasm to join you on the water.
What did the other disciples think?
I wonder if I would have been brave enough to ask You like Peter or would I have stayed, hidden in the boat.
But this morning a different word resonated within me.
That word is used three times in these short verses.
Immediately Jesus sent the disciples into the boat
Immediately Jesus told them not to be afraid.
Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and saved Peter.
Immediately, Lord, You send us right now into the world. Not in some future date when we have our act together. You send us now, imperfect as we are.
Immediately Lord, You tell us not to be afraid. At this present moment You command us to let go of our fears and grasp Your hand of strength.
Immediately You are by our side, reaching out to save us. At once You grab us before we drown and without delay take hold of us. Even when the waves continue to crash around us, You immediately take our hand to save us.
Immediately You bridge all time and space with Your sacred net to catch our souls.
What an awesome God!