You gotta have faith

In 2007, I enjoyed a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Our tour guide talked about how this is where Jesus calmed the storm and walked on water. In a dramatic fashion, the guy driving the boat cut the engine and we drifted in silence for a few minutes before our pastor asked, “Would anyone like to try?”

Matthew 14:22-23 tells the story of Jesus walking on water. It also tells the story of how Peter asked to join Him. Jesus said, “Come on!” and Peter was doing pretty good — until he looked down, got scared and began to sink. Some people choose to interpret this story as an example of what happens when we take our eyes off of God. I think that’s a valid point, but I also believe that we have to look at the “glass half full” side of the story.

Peter had the courage to get out of the boat in the first place.

I’m not sure I would have taken that step. Life is full of uncertainties. This reality is hard for a lot of us. I like knowing that I’m safe, comfortable and protected in the boat. I like knowing what to expect. I like a plan. I like details. I’m sure this attitude is helpful in some instances, but it can also be a immobilizing if you never get in the game.

As a wise man wearing an incredible pair of worn jeans and aviator sunglasses once said, “You gotta have faith.” The Bible encourages it too.

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” — Hebrews 11:1

Faith is one step at a time on a dark path. Today, I’m going to trust and believe in God’s sovereignty, knowing that His plan for my life is the best plan.

I’m going to offer Him:
All that I have.
All that I do.
All that I suffer
And all of who I am.

It’s time to step out of the boat.

(PS: I’m not a monster. I would never make you YouTube the “Faith” video yourself. Enjoy!)

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