March 6, 2013

Getting Out of Our Boats

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever, Amen!
---Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

To my children the other day, I was reading the account of Jesus walking on water and how Peter got out of the boat and joined him.

It was stormy, the boat was rocking, "buffeted by waves because the wind was against it"..... and a figure appeared out on the lake in the dark night. They were terrified. But at the knowledge of this figure being Jesus, Peter overcame his fear and stepped out. Sounds crazy. His inhibitions, his fears, he put aside for a brief moment as he placed his feet atop those waves and began walking toward Jesus. And he did it. Peter didn't find himself under the dark depths, drowning in silence. No, he walked toward Jesus, on top of the water where the wind was still howling over the waters, beating against the boat, flapping against his own clothes, and through this hair. He pushed through the noise of the wind. And then, Peter became scared. "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." Matt. 14 

Peter cried out and was saved, immediately.

But, this whole thing about getting out of the boat while experiencing great fear and uncertainty.

The great hope is, Jesus saves! It sounds so simple---like there should be more. But it really truly is just that simple. It is us who want to complicate things, who perhaps don't want to experience fear and uncertainty. But the fact is, we have a great certainty: Jesus Will Do It! Focusing on Christ's life and all he has done for us, and continues to do for us in our daily lives is enough for us to live freely and fully according to his plan.

I want to live, getting out of those "boats" in my life and walking toward Jesus, experiencing his power in my life.

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