“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to
come to you on the water.” – Matthew 14:28, NIV
Thanksgiving Devotional Day 18
The hour is late. The disciples have been on their boat for hours, and they’re getting sleepy. But suddenly, someone spots a figure in the distance. The disciples rouse each other and take turns trying to guess what it is they’re seeing.
“It’s a ghost or spirit,” one whispers in a hushed tone, pointing out how the figure seems to be walking on top of the water.
Just as his knees start knocking, Peter hears a voice say, “Take courage. It’s just me!”
Instantly, Peter recognizes the voice of his friend, Jesus, the one he’s been following for the past three years. “If it’s you, call me to come to you.”
When Jesus gives the word, Peter quickly steps out of the boat. He keeps his gaze fixed on Jesus as he takes those first few steps. Then the wind howls and Peter glances around; suddenly he’s aware of how impossible his situation is.
He cries, and instantly Jesus reaches for him, pulling him to safety.
Sometimes you may be called to walk into the unknown. You may not know what God is teaching you or what He’s doing. You just know you’re not meant to be in the boat.
When that happens, take a page from Peter’s book—be brave and step into your new adventure with gusto!
God, don’t let the circumstances of my current season distract me from focusing on You. Give me the courage to step into the unknown and walk with my Jesus.