How to Walk on Water: When a Step of Faith Becomes Real

Well, this is it, folks. This week is my last. About 11 weeks ago, I turned in a long notice at my job. It’s probably the craziest thing I’ve ever done. (And I’ve zip lined through a rainforest in Nicaragua despite being deathly afraid of heights.) While it was a step of faith I knew I needed to take that doesn’t mean it’s been easy.

Truthfully, it’s been pretty terrifying.

step of faith(To catch up on this topic, feel free to read my previous blogs here and here.)

Not too long ago, I was reading the story of Jesus walking on the water to my son at bedtime. How often does a child’s bedtime Bible story speak to us? Well, it happened this night.

Jesus had just fed the 5000 and sent the disciples ahead of him in a boat while He prayed alone. Later, when He came to them walking on the water, they first thought it was a ghost until he spoke to them and reassured them that it was Him. (See, sometimes even when we’ve seen miracles over and over again, we still don’t recognize God at work.)

Right away, the ever-so-bold Peter says to Him, “Tell me to come to you on the water.”

(Side note: I want to be completely like Peter, but nothing like Peter at the same time. Does that make sense? I can’t wait to meet him in Heaven.)

When Jesus tells him to come, he doesn’t hesitate. Sure thing, Lord. Here I come! No problem!

But then he sees the waves and the wind and suddenly, the boldness and courage disappear. He begins to sink. Fortunately for him, Jesus was right there to grab his hand and pull him to safety.

I feel a little like Peter out on the water right now. I did it. I took the step of faith (maybe not as immediately or with as much fortitude as Peter did). But now I’m seeing the wind and waves and the fact that maybe this walk is not as smooth as I thought it would be, and the temptation is to give in to the fear and lose my trust in the wave walker.

However, there are three things I’m learning from Peter about walking on water.

“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” – Matthew 14:29

1) Peter did not hesitate when Jesus said, “Come.” He knew this Man who called to him and knew He could be trusted. Nobody saw more of Jesus’ amazing power than Peter did, but I think we can all identify with him in some way. We should know by now that we can trust Him with our very lives.

“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!'” – Matthew 14:30

2) As long as we keep our eyes on Jesus, and not on our circumstances, we can stay above the waves. It’s when we stop believing that He is in control of all of it that we sink into despair. He is the Master, friends, and He is sovereign over our destiny.

“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.” – Matthew 14:31

3) When we begin to lose faith, He is still there. I love the words in 2 Timothy 2:13 – “If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”  Faithfulness is in His very character, and He can’t separate Himself from it. Just as Jesus was there to catch Peter, He can prevent us from sinking and set us on the path of faith and trust once again.

So, tell me, have you ever walked on water? I’m treading the waves now, and while it can be scary, I’m seeing Jesus do more with my meager, mustard seed faith in this time of uncertainty than I ever could in the safety and security of the normal.

Don’t be afraid to take that step of faith that God is asking of you. He’s the God of the wind and waves.

Love in Christ,

she who has believed

I’m sharing this post on Salt & Light Link Up

(All Scripture references are from the NIV.)

13 Replies to “How to Walk on Water: When a Step of Faith Becomes Real”

  1. This was a great post! I totally agree with the wanting to be like Peter while also wanting to avoid being like him. It says so much that Christ chose such an imperfect person to be the rock.

    1. I agree! He’s such an interesting character, that Peter. 🙂 Thank you so much for reading and responding!

  2. Ironically, it seems this is where my family is right now. We’ve heard and are ready to take the step. Even in the waiting, it requires you to focus on Jesus. If I start trying speed up the process, I start to sink; if I start trying to figure out the rhythm of the waves, I sink. Trust is a massive undertaking. Great post.

    1. Thank you for sharing! It’s so hard to wait and trust, especially for a control freak like me. 🙂 Thank you so much for your response!

  3. I love what you said about wanting to be just like Peter and then be nothing like him at the same time! I have felt the same way, he is such an interesting person. I love this passage in the Bible because I so relate to having tiny faith sometimes and feeling the weight of my own humanity. I’m so thankful that Jesus sees beyond my weakness.

    1. Yes, he is an example in so many ways! God used him so mightily in the early church. Thank you for your comment!

  4. It’s so easy to identify with Peter, isn’t it? I love his boldness and willingness to step out, yet his innate ability to cower when things seem overwhelming. I think we could have been bff’s! I love your 3 points here. Very practical and helpful for our everyday walk with Jesus! Thank you for linking up with Salt & Light today!

    1. No, He does not, thank goodness! I’m glad His faithfulness is not dependent on ours! Thank you for responding!

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