You’re Gonna Need to Get Out of Your Boat… (more thoughts on faith)

We live by faith and not by sight.   Wow!  These words are sure lofty.  I would love it if I could say they were always true of how I live my life.  There is a great story in the bible that in all honesty, it challenges me no matter how many times I read it or hear a sermon on it.  It is the early morning that Peter walked on the water.  In my minds eye I can see the storm, the waves, Jesus and Peter walking.  This story so inspires me that sometimes when no one is looking, I have stepped out on my pool trying to walk on the water.  I sink like a rock!

What makes me say “hmmm” in this story is that I am convinced that Peter understood something about faith and sight that no one else in the boat that night understood; “the safest place to be in any storm is next to Jesus, not in a boat.”

The only person on the sea that early morning who had no potential to drown was Jesus and I believe that Peter got that.  I believe that Peter thought to himself, if Jesus can beat the waves and sea and our boat is filling up with water… I need to go where Jesus is.  Armed with this thought, Peter says, “Lord if it is you; command me to come to you on the water.”

Sure common sense says, boats and water are better in a storm that no boat.  Sure common sense says that getting out of a boat in a storm is not the safest and wisest choice ever made.  But sometimes common sense is nothing more than sight masquerading as faith.

I am convicted by this thinking.  If I look back over the last several days of prayer in my life, I have prayed for more boats to come my way, more storms to stop blowing, more Jesus in my boat than I have…  “Tell me to come to you on the water, Jesus.”  I guess you could say I am addicted to walking by sight and not faith.

If it were me, I might have said.  Ah yes, there is Jesus, lets call him over and ask him to make the way smooth.  I might have said, Jesus my fear is so big, would you calm the storm instead of asking him to calm the storm fear had created in my heart.  I would have prayed it really well, with passion and fervency and I would have made sure I used wise sounding words about how much I know God loves me and how he only wants the best for me.  (True words, but too often I am working off of my definitions of love and what is best for me.)

Not Peter, he gets it.  “Jesus is not going to drown, that is where I want to be.”

Here are a few questions I am asking myself.  Am I asking God for another boat or asking Jesus to call me out of my boat?  Am I praying for God to calm the storm or asking him to calm my fear?  Let’s see if I can walk more by faith than sight.  Off… we go now.

~ by OFF we go now on May 24, 2011.

2 Responses to “You’re Gonna Need to Get Out of Your Boat… (more thoughts on faith)”

  1. Great post, Leonard! Inspired me 🙂

  2. “If I look back over the last several days of prayer in my life, I have prayed for more boats to come my way, more storms to stop blowing, more Jesus in my boat than I have…” Oh zing, me too, Leonard! The problem I have is that sometimes I like my boat too much…even it is leaky. “Jesus, help me to love you more.”
    Thank you for sharing this – I need it.

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