I remember when I was giving my daughter a bath years ago when she started to do something strange with her foot.
“What are you doing, hon?”
“I’m trying to walk on water, Mom — like Jesus did.”
She told me her preschool teacher had told her a story about when she was a little girl and how she tried to walk on water in the bathtub and never could. Only Jesus could do that — well, Peter did too.
I asked her, “Why do you want to walk on water?”
She answered, “Because Jesus did and I want to too.”
Isn’t that the way we should think — to want to do the same things Jesus did, to follow His examples in the mundane and the miraculous?
My daughter teaches me so much about what I like to call the Jesus-led adventure — a posture of letting Him lead in every area of our lives, following hard after Him so we can be like Him, and dwelling with Him in the promised land He has for each of us.
I love that she thinks if Jesus walked on water, we can too.
Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage, I am here!” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come.” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.
Matthew 14:27-29 (NLT)
Peter asked to join Jesus on the water in the middle of the miracle that defined Him as the Son of God. When was the last time we asked to join Jesus in the miracles He’s doing?
Are we looking at current events and uncomfortable with the storm? Or are we asking to join Jesus on the water in the middle of it all? Stepping out of our comfort zone in obedience to God’s calling in each of our lives is exactly what this struggling world needs.
I sometimes forget there were a lot of other disciples in the back of the boat desperately trying to stay in the boat. The other eleven never asked Jesus to call them out of the boat to walk on the water with Him.
But Peter’s faith increased the faith of all the ones shaking in the back of the boat. Their response after Peter did the impossible and Jesus calmed the storm? The others worshipped Jesus, exclaiming, “You really are the Son of God!” (Matthew 14:32-33 NLT)
We want our lives to point to Jesus and to worship Him in such a way that shows others how to worship too. If we ask Jesus to join Him in the miracles He’s already doing, perhaps others will worship Him and say, “Jesus really is the Son of God!”
What are you seeing Jesus do around you but aren’t brave enough to join Him in? By brave enough, I mean joining Him on the water to be with Him, to dwell with Him where miracles happen. It’s not about being brave enough by yourself to get out of the boat or about focusing on what happens when you have a moment of panic like Peter did when the waves got huge. Getting out of your boat is about asking Jesus to join Him in His work, where it’s you and Him and all the power of God at work.
My daughter wants to walk on water with Jesus, and I do, too.
Joining Him in His miracles may look like what the world would call success, serving in the mundane, or probably a combination of both.
For me, I find myself asking for contentment in the day-to-day of motherhood. I ask for the desire to spend focused time with Jesus, instead of scrolling endlessly through online opinions and daily reports on world events. I pray for Holy Spirit-inspired creativity to return so I can fulfill my original callings and for the Lord to give me opportunities to actively serve my neighbors. It doesn’t have to look big from the outside for Jesus to be working in me.
I want to be brave enough to live a life on the waves, no matter if there is disagreement among friends, a global pandemic, financial strain, discomfort in social change, or more uncertainties about my future than I’ve ever known.
And I want to remember Jesus is in the business of miracles, calling our names to join Him, especially when our circumstances look a little scary.
What miracles do you see Him doing in your home, in your neighborhood,
and in the world?
Jesus is in the business of miracles, calling our names to join Him, especially when our circumstances look a little scary. -Stephanie Bryant: Click To Tweet