Almost certainly you know the story of the Apostle Peter walking on water. In my Bible reading this morning, I came across that story but, because of my experiences this past summer, saw it in a different light as I read it today.
I’ll include the story below as it was recounted by the Apostle Matthew. Then, below the Scripture, I will post two videos I took while in a boat on the Sea of Galilee this past summer.
One of the many profound thoughts I had while in that boat was that it is easy to stand in judgment of Peter for sinking. But, as I dipped my hand into the water, I could not imagine ever, EVER, stepping out of the boat in the first place.
I, for one, will not stand in judgment of Peter for sinking. I’m applauding him for stepping out onto the water.
Matthew 14:22-33 (CSB) “Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. After dismissing the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. Well into the night, he was there alone. Meanwhile, the boat was already some distance from land, battered by the waves, because the wind was against them. Jesus came toward them walking on the sea very early in the morning. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and they cried out in fear.
Immediately Jesus spoke to them. ‘Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’
‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter answered him, ‘command me to come to you on the water.’
He said, ‘Come.’
And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’
When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those in the boat worshiped him and said, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.'”