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Topic: SEA CHANGE or TREE CHANGE (07/13/17)
- TITLE: WATER WALKER
By Janet Murphy
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I often find myself thinking about the significance of ordinary people doing the extra ordinary in seemingly everyday things.
For instance, Mary carrying the Messiah; an ordinary woman, birthing the Savior of the world! Such a common start that had a Kingly outcome.
Then sometimes in thinking about Jesus telling Peter to walk out on the water to him, I substitute me in that scene. Not that any movie studio could ever capture the magnitude in my mind, but I picture it like this:
I’m cold, a little sea sick, unsteady on my feet, heart pounding with determination. I hear His voice even though I can’t see Him in the darkness. I step out. I go down into the choppy water mid-calf and then I spring up and I am walking on the water making my way to Jesus! Then, just like Peter, a “what was I thinking” moment and I begin to flail and as I go under and claw my way up through the icy water, gasping for air, Jesus pulls me to safety and asks me, “what happened?” I spit out water and cough out, “I’m not sure, I got scared and I forgot my life jacket Lord!” As He brushes the hair out of my face He lovingly says, “I Am your life jacket.”
We live in a fallen world but that doesn’t mean we have to stay in a not so sea worthy boat when discouragement, disappointments or disease try to capsize us. Our faith is our life jackets that will help us fight against the waves that would try and sink us.
The Word of God is full of encounters of teaching and testing our understanding of faith. Peter walking on water is one of those sea-change lessons. You’ve read the encounter in so many versions, probably even taught it in Sunday School! I’m challenging you to read it like it was the very first time, no recollections of it. Take a dip as if it were you, not Peter living this. And after you do, add water-walker to your resume, I know I am.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV
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