So imagine the scene: you, an accomplished fisherman, are out on the sea during the night – a very stormy night. The wind is strong and the waves are high but you have been through this before; they do not overly alarm you. However the sight of someone walking towards you does! People do not walk on water so this must be a ghost – perfectly rational response totally deserving of a scream or two. Then the ghost says “Be of good cheer. It is I. Do not be afraid.” What do you say to that?
Well, Peter says, “If it is you Lord, bid me come to you on the water.”
Ok, so this could definitely qualify as a “big mouth” moment, speaking too soon without thinking through the consequences but it equally shows the passion of Peter. One definition of passion is “an intense desire or enthusiasm for something”. Peter has enthusiasm in abundance, he is keen to get involved and do something, he was almost always the first disciple to step up and try something new. Just read through the beginning chapters of Acts – it’s all Peter. He’s out there preaching and healing in Jesus’ name no matter the consequences. I confess I do not have such enthusiasm and passion for stepping up and doing something. I’d much rather watch and wait and only get involved when I have a sense of the situation. No matter, we are all different. Nowhere in scripture are we all exhorted to be like Peter and rush into something, nor are we told to refrain from doing so. My passion for reading and music means I could spend all day doing those things, but not everybody shares that passion. And that’s ok because in scripture it is all about Jesus’ passion. It is about what Christ did for us. It is about Christ’s intense love for us and our response to that love.
Lord, there are times when my passions are in danger of blinding me to what you are doing. Sometimes my desires take over and even passion for something good can be a hindrance to your work in me. Jesus, please help me to keep my eyes fixed on you and not get caught up in my own plans. Holy Spirit will you keep developing in me a greater passion for the Kingdom of God and for King Jesus. Amen
Matthew 14:22-32 MEV
22 Then Jesus commanded His disciples to get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away. 23 When He sent the crowds away, He went up into a mountain by Himself to pray. And when evening came, He was there alone. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was turbulent.
25 During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a spirit.” And they cried out in fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer. It is I. Do not be afraid.”
28 Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, bid me come to You on the water.”
29 He said, “Come.”
And when Peter got out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.