The disciples were afraid! I think we might have been as well. Can you imagine it? I can’t. Here they are doing their thing, toiling on throughout the night. One of them gets a glimpse through the turbulent toss of the waves of something – or it looks like someone – walking toward them on the water. How in the world can this be? What is it? Who is it?They begin to cry out for fear.
Reflecting today on Peter’s journey through the storm…I am convinced this can help you as well. If it has been a while since you have considered this text, let me highlight just a few ideas for you as you get your day started. Here is the story as Matthew tells it:
22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.