The boat is tossing and turning in the waves. Let's pause and understand the eloquence here: Jesus told them to get into the boat, out into the storm and wait for him...I love this! The disciples are afraid and Jesus walks out to the disciples and they think it is a ghost. Jesus tells them "take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
Peter calls out to Jesus and says "Lord, if it's you, tell me to come to you on the water."
Jesus says one word: "Come"
I love that Peter is the only one that gets out of the boat. Jesus bids him "come" and he gets out - and does what no other human being in history does - walks on water.
Why am I so afraid to do something courageous?
- quit my job even though "society" says it's crazy
- start a microlending firm
- love people
- feed poor people
- live in community
- change the world
Jesus is outside the boats we live in - asking us to "come" and I want to be like Peter and jump in! I want to trust Jesus enough to do crazy things like walking on water or quitting my job, on faith that there is more to Jesus than what I know now.