“Then Peter called to Him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to You, walking on the water.” ”Yes, come.” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and WALKED ON WATER towards Jesus. But as soon as he saw the strong winds and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink.”
Peter walked on water. Just take a moment to think about that. We can completely get that Jesus walked on water but Peter? How many humans can say they did that if their lifetime? Yes we can see miracles of people being healed, delivered, and even tornados disappearing but to see someone walk on water takes faith to a whole new level. Yet why is it so significant in this text, beside it being humanly impossible to achieve such a feat?
Peter in particular, would have been used to storms. He was a fisherman. It is very likely that he battled many storms in his lifetime. Yet this storm was different. Mark in his account, tells us that the disciples were in serious trouble. However, when Jesus called Peter to come to Him, Peter ignored the perilous situation around him, climbed over the boat and started to walk towards Jesus.
Notice that there are two significant things here. The first being, that Peter completely ignored the storm around him and stepped out in faith. He didn’t look at his circumstance but instead fixed His eyes towards Jesus. The fact that Jesus called Peter and he heard His voice, gave Peter enough faith to know that he could put His trust in the One calling him.
The second is the fact that Peter had to physically climb out the boat. That is hard enough to do on a good day, let alone in the midst of violent storm. By stepping out the boat, he further demonstrated his complete trust in Jesus to make sure he didn’t drown.
What does that mean for us? When life gets stormy, we have an anchor to keep us grounded. He will watch over us in the storm, call us through the storm and help us step out in faith in the midst of it. All we have to do is trust Him.