“Right away Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “Your faith is so small!” he said. “Why did you doubt me?”
(Matthew 14:31 NIRV)
I’m sorry, I feel this is a “duh” moment.
Why did he doubt? The waves, the wind, standing on water – duh.
Peter was doing something that defied logic, the laws of physics, and had never been done before by a human being. Mesmerized by the sight of the Savior a few yards away walking calmly through the storm, his faith rose up and sailed past any human wonderings of “How is Jesus doing that?” ,”What is He doing?” “Why is He doing that?”. He bypassed all those because it was one of those moments where I think Peter saw Jesus- really saw Him for who He was: the divine all powerful God wrapped in humanity, humility, grace and power. In that moment of truth Peter stepped boldly out of the boat and onto the water.
It is when we catch a glimpse of who God really is that we bypass human questions and just step out. The supernatural becomes natural and there is no question in our hearts that we can, with Jesus, do impossible things.
Like walk on water.
Reconcile a broken relationship.
Forgive our abuser.
Reach out to a lost soul.
Share our faith.
Use our gifts.
When we catch a glimpse of what the all powerful God doing we want to join Him. We attempt things beyond our ability because we know the One who calls, equips. The One who leads, loves. The One who IS, shatters logic to break the chains holding humanity prisoner.
I see Jesus smiling a bit out there as he sees Peter’s eyes drift from His own to the storm around him. Immediately, He caught Peter then asked the rhetorical question, “Why did you doubt me?” Peter might have thought (if thought was possible) “You?? I was doubting me.” I suppose that when it comes to stepping out in faith, doubting yourself is the same thing as doubting God. Especially after taking those first few steps on the water. You are already out there- fill your mind and heart so full of God that there is no room to think about yourself and keep on walking.
The following is the Lion Chasers Manifesto from the book “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day” by Mark Batterson. It is one of the ways that I nourish my courage and refocus myself to go after of kind of life God calls me to. The kind that walks on water with Him, the kind doesn’t run from lions but chases them.
“Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life.
Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don’t try to be who you’re not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Don’t let fear dictate your decisions.Take a flying leap of faith. Chase the lion!”
Be a water walker today my friend. Be a lion chaser. Fill your soul with God and walk strong to your purpose. And don’t worry if you sink, here and there. The One who walks with you will catch you, pull you up and keep walking on water with you.
What part of the manifesto hits you right between the eyes and challenges to more?