Today, I tried to walk on water. It was as hard as it would seem to be. The water would not hold my feet, causing them to sink down to the sand. But the water washed away the sand, causing my feet to become unstable. My feet failed, and I watched as the vast, unstoppable ocean ruthlessly tried to pull me in. In that moment, I understood Peter’s fears.
After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
– Matthew 14:23-33
God calls us out of the boat, like when He called Peter. He called us to walk upon the water, where feet may fail, into the Great Mystery. Out of our comfort zones, and into His arms. He calls us to have faith, and do what he commands. To go to the places where we have never been before, or to minister to those we have never met. But if we doubt, if we question, if we become scared, He will be there to save us, pull us out of the water, and love us.