“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” Matthew 14:28 (NIV)
Back when we lived in Chesapeake, I had some friends who would take me on the bay to fish. It was a relatively small boat, so every wave could be felt. We were never on the water during a storm for which I am grateful. But if we had been caught, I do not think my thoughts would have turned to leaving the boat. The boat may have had its problems, but it would seem to be a better option than the open water. In today’s text Peter wanted out of the boat. He did not want to be out just for the sake of getting out. He wanted to be where Jesus was. Jesus was on the waves.
The church (and God’s people as individual) should have a desire to be wherever Jesus us. We should want to be doing the things He has called us to do. The boat represents the things with which we are familiar. It is those places and things where Jesus had once been and had once ministered. We tend to want to stay in the boat and just do the things that once worked. But what if Jesus is out on the waves? What if He wants us to step out and take some risks? Would we be willing to say, “Lord If it is you, tell us to come to you on the water?”