27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said,“why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.” -Matthew 14: 27-32
Most of us are familiar with the scene depicted in the scripture above. We may have read or heard it a thousand times, but our focus is always directed to the fact that Peter became afraid and started sinking. Today, I was introduced to another perspective.
It is true that Peter became overwhelmed with fear, which we all can identify with that experience, but how many of us can identify with Peter’s first action: taking a step? It required courage, it required faith, it required taking a risk. Is God requiring the same from you? Are you in a storm with raging circumstances surrounding you; you know God’s there, but you’re afraid to leave the comfort of your boat to follow him?
If this describes your situation, be like Peter and take a step. You may be afraid, but find comfort in God telling you, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” You may step out and meet a plethora of obstacles, but just as God immediately rescued Peter, He’ll be there with an extended hand to save you as well.
So trust God, take that step (even if you have to crawl) and never look back! You will soon find that one step changed the course of your entire life!