“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 14:22-33
Several years back I sat in a small coffee shop with a good friend. God had laid it on both of our hearts to start a women’s Bible study. We both felt we were not equipped to facilitate such a task, but God thought differently. That night both my friend and I dangled our toes over the edge of the boat and contemplated whether or not we had what it took to step out of the boat. Did we have enough faith to walk on the dark, turbulent waters toward the call God was whispering in our ears.?
SO I STEPPED OUT OF THE BOAT.
I remember feeling God must be crazy. He was calling ME to lead a women’s Bible study? I am the person who would rather have a root canal than speak in public. The thought of talking in front of hundreds of people just makes me want to throw-up…seriously! God was asking me to lead women in something I felt I had little knowledge about…you know…not spiritual enough. My first night I remember thinking, ‘There is no way I can do this. God must have made a mistake and chose the wrong person.’ There I was sitting in front of LOTS of women with my Bible open thinking, “What now”?? ’ (o.k. Okay, maybe only ten women but ten very intimidating women). What was God thinking? That’s when I felt Jesus hold out His hand and ask, “Why do you doubt?”
WHY DID I DOUBT?
Today, I co- lead a women’s Bible study, with my best friend. We have lead studies with fifty women in attendance. This Bible study has been successful only by the grace and faithfulness of God. There are still days I ask, “Why me?” And there are nights when fear sneaks in, and I pray for the courage to get through the evening. God NEVER lets us down.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men” Mark 1:17
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Leaving the safety of the boat can be scary and full of uncertainty. Is it the voice that tells you, “I am not worthy,” or my favorite, “I am not spiritual enough.”. Maybe the reason you think such things is because you have had failure in your life. It may be your past that stops you, because the enemy reminds you that, “You will never be good enough.”. Or you ask yourself, “Why in the world would God want ME to do that?” It could be that God has let you down, and you can’t imagine Him rescuing you when you need Him the most. But, that is where we need to have the faith that He knows what He is asking of us.
Peter didn’t believe he could walk on water. His faith faded in Jesus, and he began to sink. Jesus did not let Peter drown in a big ocean. Instead, Jesus reached out His hand and helped Peter see that all he needed to do was trust Him.
What is God whispering to you? Are you going to just dangle your toes in the water from the safety of the boat? Or, are you ready to step out onto the water and see what God has planned for you?
Then I heard a voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And, I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
By: Sherri Burkholder