I’m beginning to recognize as I mature, as I learn to listen, as I challenge myself to take time to seek and dig deep, the bible stories I grew up hearing and being told; come at me, come to life, and come apart in ways only the Bible, the LIVING and ACTIVE Word of God, could.
In the gospels, Matthew, Mark, and John, there is the account of Jesus walking on the water. I will summarize it here but it’s always better for me to crack open my Bible and read it for myself. The 3 disciples accounts can be found in Matthew 14:22-32, Mark 6:45-52, John 6:16-21.
This event happens the night Jesus feeds the five thousand from 2 fish and 5 loaves. Jesus sends the disciples out in the boat to make their way to the next place and goes by himself on the mountainside to pray. As He finishes up His prayers, He sees the boat on the sea in the midst of a storm, the wind is wild and the disciples are struggling. He goes to them, walking on the water. The disciples are terrified, think He’s a ghost and call out in fear. He says it’s me don’t worry. And Peter says if it’s really you call to me so I can walk to meet you. So Peter walks to Jesus, looks away, starts to sink, Jesus gets in the boat and the storm is calm and they are at the shore.
As a kid, Jesus walking on water and Peter doing it too was an amazing story for me to hear. So engaging and it was a story that encouraged me to trust in Jesus, to not fear Him or His miracles. Even as a teen and young adult I could always relate to Peter’s fiery attitude, and pain that his faith and his lack faith caused him.[Read more…]