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Be a Peter

It’s Peter’s story. Mostly. The one about the disciples in the boat–all twelve of ’em–and at the fourth watch (of the same day/night they witnessed Jesus feed five thousand men with two fish and five bagels), they see a ghost-like figure walking towards them on the water and as they choke in fear, Peter calls, “if that’s you, Lord, tell me to come.”

And Jesus says, “Come.”

And Peter grabs his toga and steps over the side of the boat. And begins to walk. On the water. Just like Jesus is.

Until.

Until the moment he notices the wind, freaks and starts sinking into the sea.

“Lord, save me!” Peter cries. And Jesus does. With this commendation. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

And then, if we’ve heard this story or because we’ve heard this story, we shake our head at Peter. And we sigh, “ah…that Peter. Too bad for him that he didn’t have faith enough to keep water-walking.” And we miss it.

We miss that this isn’t just an anecdote about Peter walking on water for two seconds. Or a lesson about Jesus pointing out Peter’s lack of faith. It’s God’s grace. It’s Jesus taking Peter, the guy who flunked faith here and declaring of him days later, “I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church…”

His church? On doubter dude?

Yes.

From the guy who had next-to-nothing faith (even Jesus said so), Jesus built his church.

He used Peter’s imperceptible faith to prove to us what he says in his word in Matthew 17:20. “…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ”

There were twelve men in the boat that night. Twelve men who witnessed Jesus walking on water. Twelve wide-eyed men whom the Bible says worshiped Jesus saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

But there was only one on whom he built his church. One with faith at all.

 

Dare to be a Peter.

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Be a Peter”

  1. Jackie says:

    Ah…the long wait is finally over. Your hiatus has been lifted and we are all grateful. Glad you’re sending us much-needed spiritual lifting, humor, and heartfelt stories once again. Welcome back…in our book, you walk on water as well.

  2. Gail Redberg says:

    It is so wonderful to be in your head again where such insight occurs. It is very easy for the 11 remaining in the boat to criticize from their place of safety the one who steps out. I hope life is good to you today. We live way too far apart my friend.

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