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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. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.

“You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:25-31

In the summer of 1994, I spent three months adventuring around Alaska as a new college graduate. I was part of a large international outdoor adventure program/company. During that summer, my goals were to learn the skills of outdoor adventure as well as to experience the beauty and be humbled by the vast wild of Alaska.

One of the key moments I remember most was when we launched off on our twenty-four days of sea kayaking. All twelve of us in my group were mostly inexperienced kayakers. The waves were big, the water was cold, the rain was coming down and our guides said, “Now is the time. Push off from the shore, embrace the adventure and follow us.” Was I scared? Oh yes!! Was I excited? Oh yes!!

But, was I on my own? Oh no!!!

You see, we had guides. We were followers and our guides were experts, they had traveled these seas before. Our guides had spent hours upon hours sea kayaking, navigating, paddling the waters of Alaska. They knew the waters, the weather, and safety precautions. Our guides were trustworthy and so we pushed off into the choppy waters as followers who had them to keep us safe.

What spiritual waters have you been traveling in 2019? 

With Jesus as our shepherd and expert guide for life, have you ventured out into the spiritual waters of discipleship maturity or have you been staying on shore because it is safe, secure and familiar? In the past year, where have you/your family sailed out into the adventurous waters of discipleship with the God who knows and loves you best?

What about for 2020? 

Are you planning on just watching the Kingdom of God impact our world from the comfort of the shore or are you going to join in? When we partner with God in His salvation story, He often calls us out of our comfort and self-reliant life and into His plans, His waves, His directions, His turns and His triumphs. But, He also often calls us out of our pains, our defeats, our sin, other’s hurts, sins and pains, and calls us to Himself.

In the above passage in Matthew, Peter took the risk to step out of the boat and come to Jesus. It was a risk, but how mature of Peter to step out and go for a deeper walk/trust and discipleship with Jesus. Sure he sank, but who cares? Jesus grabbed him immediately and drew Peter to Himself. 

Do you hear Jesus calling you out into the waters of growth, prayer, relationship reconciliation, Bible study, serving others, sacrificial giving, serving? He is the perfect guide for life. He knows you best and loves you the most. Push off the shore in 2020!

Brian+