Stepping out…

January 29

Quote: “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” Michelle Obama

Meditation: Hope and courage are experiences that allow us to step out of our comfort zone. The audacity of hope that there was Jesus and not a ghost walking towards their boat in the midst of the storm made Peter ask to come to Jesus walking on the water. When Jesus only said one word: “Come”, then there was courage needed to actually do what Peter hoped was possible.

Hope and courage are twin emotions and actions. Hope makes you ask for more than you thought was possible. Courage makes you step out of your comfort zone. The storms of life will feel frightening and will not have stopped as you leave the boat. The outcome is uncertain and the water is wet and cold. Stepping out in faith is uncomfortable and frightening at times. As we call out for help when we feel like we are sinking, we experience a hand reaching out. This hand can come in human form or it can be an uplifting of our Spirit. We hear the words “come” and trust me. “Come” and resist the darkness of resignation, resist the evil winds that try to sow chaos and cause confusion. “Come and walk towards me, and I will catch you, I will pull you out when you feel like you are sinking.” As Peter focused and listened to this voice and did not allow to get distracted by the chaos around him, he found his way back to safety. Later Peter became “the rock” on which Jesus built his church. Not because he was special, but because he kept hope and showed courage, and because he called out for help when he reached his human limitation. Peter did not know that he would play a big role in founding the Christian church. And so we do not know how our small lives might play a role in God’s larger plan of saving this planet from the storms that create chaos.

Matthew 14: 28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

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