Often as we journey from one side of the shore to the next we are faced with unexpected storms which threaten to destroy both the vessel in which we travel and our lives. This result in a heightening of our fears as everything around echoes doom and gloom. The fact that we are several miles from shore robs us of the opportunity to turn around. Our vision is impaired by the darkness of the night. And we find ourselves struggling to stand as we battle the rough sea and headwind. Notwithstanding, forging ahead is the only thing that makes sense, therefore, with a death grip, we grasp to the smither of hope to make it safely on the other side. In these moments we feel alone and the thought of being rescued is definitely aloof.
The disciples Matthew 14 felt the same way. They were instructed by Jesus to travel to the other side and on their journey encountered a gruesome storm in their night season. With their lives at risk, they clung to the boat hoping to make it to the other side; their minds and hearts are stuck in panic mode. In the midst of all that was happening, the saw Jesus coming towards them walking on water. Captivated with fear they screamed that it was a ghost. However, Jesus spoke to them encouraging them to not be afraid. At that moment, one of His disciples did the unexpected. He asked to step out of the boat unto the water. With permission granted he stepped out.
The boat at that time represented the only thing that was safe. Nevertheless, Peter was willing to abandon safety to walk on water with Jesus. Are you willing to ditch your place of comfort so that you can defy even the laws of nature? You see nothing miraculously impossible will happen in the boat. To experience the impossible you must be willing to step out. It is time to get out of the boat and begin to walk on water. It is time to experience results from everything that you and others have labeled impossible. It is time to experience the change that you have been hoping for. Success is waiting for you to step out. GET OUT OF THE BOAT!
Dr. R.A. 5/8/18