Wednesday, February 16, 2011
My Comfortable Boat
Ever have of those moments where you feel like you don’t have what it takes to make it? As I was faced with a task the other day, I thought of Peter from Matthew 14:22-29 where Jesus was asking him to come out of the comfortable boat he was in and to walk on water. “Hello- me walk on water? Please! I would much rather sit here and you come to me, Lord.” This would have been my response! Unfortunately and thankfully God doesn’t work that way. He requires for us to leave our comfort zones and be stretched into new places that require his help. Faith requires action at times. You can’t get from point A to point B without taking some steps to get there, right? In this scripture, Jesus tells Peter to come to Him by way of deep water. The word come in Greek is eparko, meaning to help or aid. Jesus knows that Peter will need his help to walk on those deep, raging waves and He is more than willing to aid Him in the process.
It is no different for us when Jesus is telling us to get out our boat of comfort. He knows we need help and He is willing and able to do in us far more than we could ever imagine. However, it starts with making the decision to walk towards Him for the help. What is keeping you in the boat of comfort today? My prayer is that you won’t look at the impossible but rather the possible as you make your way out of the boat and tread those waters of fear and anxiety that may be keeping you back.