“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.” – Matthew 14:25-26, NIV
Peter had just started to drift to sleep when one of the disciples nudged his shoulder. “Look at it! I think it’s a ghost, walking right on top the water! What do you think, Peter?”
Before Peter can make a guess, the figure calls out to them. It is Jesus. Eager to be with his friend, Peter asks Jesus to give him permission to walk on water, too.
Jesus replies with one simple word, “Come.”
In this story of Peter and the waves, most people focus on Peter or Jesus. They’re the central characters.
But did you ever stop to wonder about the other disciples? The ones still in the back of the boat? What did they do when Peter stepped out in faith? Did they encourage or ridicule him? Did they cheer or say, “Don’t get your hopes up”?
It can be hard when we see someone else stepping out in faith. A friend’s finances just aligned so that she can start the side business she’s always dreamed of. A co-worker gets pregnant even though you’ve been trying for months. A relative gets the opportunity to travel the world this year while you’re stuck on bedrest.
These situations can be upsetting when you’re the one sitting in the back of the boat. But it’s important that you take the time to cheer each “Peter” along. Anytime someone steps out in faith; you can choose to celebrate with them.
That doesn’t mean that you don’t hurt or that you don’t grieve. It simply means that you’re choosing to trust God in the middle of your own stormy seas.
God, it’s hard when I see other people getting the things I desire. But give me the strength to celebrate the “Peter” in my life. Grant me the peace of knowing that even though my road may be different, I am still held securely in Your hands. In Jesus’ name, Amen.