“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.”
Isn’t it amazing to read that Peter actually walked on water. 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 after all. 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 supernaturally 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 circumstances but instead fixed His eyes on Jesus and walked towards Him. 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 of 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, his comfort zone, he further demonstrated his complete trust in Jesus, to make sure he didn’t drown.
When life gets stormy, we too can be assured that we have an anchor to keep us grounded and not sink. 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 keep our eyes fixed on Him and not on the things that can make us drown. May we stand firm through the trials, fixing our eyes on Jesus.