Becoming a Water Walker


He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. Matthew 14:29 ESV

When I first became a Christian, I was baptized in a swimming pool behind the church. That might seem strange for some people, but in Arizona having a church pool was not strange at all because it eliminated the need for an indoor baptistry and gave the young people somewhere to go on hot days. I had not read the Bible before Jesus found me and knew nothing more than the creation story and something about loving my neighbor. So, when I learned about Peter getting out of the boat and walking on the water to Jesus I was intrigued. I used to walk around the church pool putting my foot out on the water wondering if I could have enough faith to walk across it. Later, I learned that no one else has figured out that water walking thing since Jesus told Peter to come, 2,000 years ago but I still thought about what his first steps were like. Whether the sea was calm or churning with huge waves really did not matter. Neither option allowed for water walking. In fact, once you walk where feet are not supposed to be able to stand, it really does not matter how far you get from the boat or how deep the water is. You have now entered God’s universe of the impossible and the first thing to remember is that we are not standing on wave tops. We are launching out in faith on the word of Jesus Christ. If He says come, it no longer matters what others think. The only thing that counts is if He is calling, because when Jesus calls, He will also be there to catch you if you start to sink!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Amen, Pete.
    The only time I walked on water was the first year we lived in Michigan. I walked across Portage Lake.
    (Of course, it WAS January at the time. 😉 )

    1. pastorpete51 says:

      Yes I grew up on Lake Erie and know just what you mean. Every so often a teenager would press his luck and lose a truck through the ice!

  2. Lose a truck!? Yikes!
    (Recently I watched “Breakthrough” again with my granddaughter. What a great story of God’s power.)

    1. pastorpete51 says:

      In the news story if I remember correctly the kid and his friend baled out it time but the pick-up was less fortunate!

  3. Trucks can be replaced, but kids …

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