And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. (Matthew 14:25 NRSV)

Gen. George Patton's soldiers were in awe of him. A member of Gen. Marshall's staff once asked a second lieutenant under Patton's command if he believed that Gen. Patton could walk on water.

The lieutenant replied, "Colonel, I know Gen. Patton! If he had to walk on water, he would figure out a way and within twenty-four hours he would have me doing it as well!"

Such stories are part of our national folklore. But they're all in fun. Nobody takes them seriously. Because, let's face it--people can't walk on water. At least, ordinary people. And that is exactly the point of this story from Matthew's Gospel: JESUS WAS NO ORDINARY MAN, AND THE EFFECT HE CAN HAVE ON THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO TRUST HIM IS DRAMATIC.

Lord Jesus, thank you for changing me. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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