He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. (Matthew 14:29 NRSV)
You may have missed it in the news. A bridge is being built in the Sea of Galilee at Capernaum at the site where Jesus walked on the water 2,000 years ago. Notice that I did not say this bridge will be built OVER the Sea of Galilee. This bridge will be built IN the Sea. It will be slightly submerged so that visitors walking on the bridge will have the illusion that they are walking on water just like Jesus. The bridge will not have rails, but lifeguards and rescue boats will be stationed nearby in case of accident.
There were no lifeguards and rescue boats nearby when Simon Peter tried to make that famous walk. Neither was there a slightly submerged bridge. You know the story well. Jesus' disciples were in a boat. Jesus was on the shore. The wind and the waves were beating against the boat. Jesus went out to them, walking on the water. The disciples were terrified. But Jesus said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
Simon Peter wasn't afraid. As usual, he acts on impulse. "Lord, if it's you, tell me to come to you on the water."
I would love to have seen the expression on Jesus' face at that particular moment. Surely he worked hard to suppress a smile at Peter's audaciousness. That's one of the things he loved about Peter. He was a doer--a man of action.
How are you dong in the Christian action department?
Dear God, may your call to me be put into action. In Jesus name, Amen.
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