It is boating season around my part of the country. Everyone is hitting any body of water they can find to cool off from the unrelenting summer heat. There is nothing quite like the feel of that cool mist off the water hitting your hot skin as you fly across it.
While I don’t go boating often, I have been on all kinds of boats — boats on a lake, boats on the river, and also big boats on the ocean. Only one of those places was I brave enough to actually get out of the boat while it was out in the water. Can you guess which one that would be?
That would be the boat on a lake — a small lake.
I guess I would call myself . . . cautious. I am more of an “enjoy myself inside the safety of the boat” kind of person. No jumping into a river where you can’t see what is below you or that’s moving faster than you can. No jumping into an ocean where eels and sharks live. I just enjoy myself from the security of the boat, thank you very much!
But when it comes to trusting God, when it comes to believing in what He wants me to do, I want to be the kind of person that gets out of the boat without hesitation! I don’t want to be wasting time worried about how this is going to work and why I think it won’t work and what about this and what about that.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV)
I certainly know it is fear that holds me back. I want to push through the fear to see what God can do through me.
The wonderful truth is that worry and fear are not part of His plan for us. Let that sink in. He does not want us to worry. He does not us to be full of fear. That is not His plan. That is us. That is our human thinking getting the better of us.
I think about Matthew 14 and the disciples that stayed on the boat. What they missed out on! They had the opportunity to walk on water with Christ! They must’ve wished they could have had that moment back, to have courage to trust in God and get out of the boat.
Most of us are just happy to stay in the safety of the boat, but I don’t think that is what God wants from us. He does not want us to doubt Him. He wants us to get out of the boat and to step into a world of incredible possibilities.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss out. I don’t want to have regrets. I don’t want to be the person in the story that was there but stayed in the boat and missed out on being part of some extraordinary.
When we get out of the boat and we keep our eyes on Jesus, our faith will take us places we can’t even imagine! He will meet us right there. Having faith like that takes courage. We can have that courage because we know we are His. We know He is with us.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV)
It is pretty simple: if you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat.
I pray we may overcome our fear to get out of the boat and live a life marked with peace, grace, courage, and incredible things!
If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat. -Jennifer Ueckert: Click To Tweet