Sometimes God wants to see if we are willing to follow him to places we’ve never been before and do things we’ve never done before. But before we can answer the call, we first have to believe we can walk on the water.
Scripture says the disciples were terrified when they saw the figure walking on the lake, but when they realized it was Jesus, only Peter was willing to try out water walking too. Jesus called Peter out of the boat. He was with him when he took that first step onto the wave and was with him every watery step after that. He would have won any international surfing competition, hands down.
However, when Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink.
When we are called by God out of the comfortable box we live in, like Peter, we have to overcome our insecurity and first believe we can do it. However, the second step is more important than the first. We have to know that we can’t make it in the unknown without remaining connected to Christ.
What is the unknown for you?
It could be a move.
It could be a mission trip to a foreign country.
It could be a life alone after the death of a spouse.
It could be a new job.
It could be a battle with disease.
It is any place you have not been before.
Jesus says we can all be water walkers.
I am currently water walking in ministry. God has pushed me out of the safe confines of my church to meet other Christian women across the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. While I am outgoing, I am actually a naturally shy person, so networking is not that comfortable for me. It is a water walking experience. Before I go to any event, I pray for favor and that the love of God will flow through me to all of the new people I meet. I also let God dictate who I’m supposed to connect with. Because of that, I view each person I meet with as an appointment the Lord is setting up for me.
God has called me out of the boat and in order to walk on the water, I have to stay focused on him.
One of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” I may not be able to handle the unknown by myself but with Christ holding me up, I won’t sink.
No matter what the unknown looks like for you, if God is calling you there, then you can know he will provide the strength you need to get through it. If he’s asking you to get out of the boat, are you willing to trust him like Peter did? Or will you never know what it’s like to be a water walker?
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