Matthew 14:28-30 NIV
“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!”
In Matthew 14, we see an account of Jesus doing something beyond amazing. He is walking on water, defying all natural laws. When the disciples saw this they were immediately afraid. However, Jesus’ quelled their spirits by saying it is I, do not fear (paraphrased). Upon hearing this, Peter in verse 28 makes a request:
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
Now this is what excited me. Peter knew that at the command of Jesus, nothing is impossible. Secondly, Peter wasn’t going to move without Jesus’ guidance. We could all take a lesson from that. However, that’s not how the story ends.
Jesus, in all of His awesomeness spoke one Word, “Come”. Such simplicity. At that Word, Peter got out of the boat and started walking on water just like Jesus. No one knows the distance between Jesus and the boat, nor do we know the distance between Him and Peter, but I can imagine that it was a great distance.
Verse 30 says, “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!””
In order for Peter to feel as if he’s sinking, and to cry out in this manner, he had to have been well beyond an arms reach of the boat. We’ve heard it preached many times that Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and began to focus on outside circumstances. Which according to verse 30, it’s true.
However, (at least for me) what we’ve never heard is that as Peter was walking towards Jesus, Jesus was also walking towards Peter closing the gap. After Peter cried out verse 31 says this:
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
At the moment of sinking, Jesus was there, close enough to simply reach for him. Still, the story doesn’t end there!
Matthew 14:32 NIV
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
Jesus and Peter still had to get back to the boat. Therefore, they had to do the impossible together before outside circumstances could calm down.
My point. Many of us have made requests of God. He in all of His awesomeness replies, “Come, go, do”. In the midst of our obedience and faith Jesus is doing the same with us, closing the gap to the finish line. Do not allow outside circumstances to distract us from our ending goal.
Love you, be blessed!