We all know the story…
…the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
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.
But Jesus immediately said to them, “Take courage! It is I! Don’t be afraid!”
“Lord, if it’s You,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to You on the water!”
“Come, ” He said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. (Matthew 14: 24-29).
I have always read this passage and been amazed by the astonishing courage of Peter.
But then I read these words tonight from Emily Freeman: “We are all Peter, standing ankle deep in cold water. The Lord walks toward us, the arm of God stretched strong in our direction.
We lock eyes and feel His invitation to hold His gaze.
There is nothing about His appearance that should draw us, yet we are pulled into the fullness of Heaven reflected in His dark eyes.” —(A Million Little Ways, p. 85).
Those words stopped me in my tracks and took my breath away.
This story really isn’t about the astonishing courage of Peter.
It is about the astonishing magnetism of Jesus Christ, who brings the Kingdom of Heaven blazing to this earth.
Jesus is intensely personal with each of us who love Him.
In the midst of a raging and terrifying storm, the very eyes of God focus like a laser beam onto yours, drawing you closer to Him and away from fear, boredom, aimlessness, and stagnation.
You see, you were never meant to stay inside the boat.
Jesus beckons you to join Him in His quest to bring the stunning beauty of redemption into the brokenness of this world.
He holds out His hand to you and invites you to leave the stifling confines of your comfort zone and walk with Him into a life that is lit with joy and filled with the unique adventure that comes when your heart is joined to the very heart of God Himself.
That heart that is filled with love, power, strength, passion, and LIFE.
This is the irresistible Jesus that I know.
I have chosen to leave the boat and even though the storms around me can look scary and threatening, I lock my eyes onto His.
I have never felt more alive.
The fears that once held me in place are gone.
His relentless love is transforming me, as my ugly is increasingly eclipsed by His beauty.
The chains that once bound me are falling away as I learn to walk in the glorious freedom that He died and rose again to give me.
The safety of the boat has lost its allure.
It’s a beautiful life.