As I am surround by the beautiful mountains in Chattanooga, TN, I am reminded of God’s faithfulness to me. I look back on this last season of life remembering the feeling of having no idea where I would be and what I would be doing after I graduated from the University of Tennessee. The Lord led me to Chattanooga to be a part of The Fellows Program through Northshore Fellowship Church. What an experience it has been! There have been challenges along the way but I have learned so much about myself and grown in ways I would not have experienced had I not taken a leap of faith.
I am reminded of the story of Peter walking on the water after Jesus fed the 5,000 (Matthew 14: 13-31).
First of all, let’s all take a moment and remember the miracle of Jesus having 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to work with. The disciples had no idea know how everyone would get fed. They let feelings of inadequacy fill their hearts, but Jesus said, “Bring the fish and bread to me.” (vs. 18)
There was more than enough to satisfy everyone.
Many times we feel inadequate but all Jesus wants is for us to give Him the resources, time and effort we do have and He will multiply and use it for His glory.
This brings us to the story of Peter. Jesus went up on the mountain to pray by Himself while the disciples left to get to the other side of the sea. Their boat was battered by the waves because of the strong winds. All of a sudden they see someone walking on the water and they were terrified thinking that it was a ghost or some kind of spirit. But it was Jesus and He told them to not be afraid.
Peter says, Lord if it is really you - command me to come to the water.
Jesus responded with one word, “Come.” How would you respond to this? Or better yet, how do you respond to Jesus’ command?
Peter responded by stepping onto the water with faith and his eyes on Jesus. So many times we respond with fear, doubts, worry, excuses, or just simply “no” to the things Jesus is calling us to.
We can do wonderful things for God’s Kingdom by stepping out of our own boat. If we don't, we could miss out on some great opportunities God has for us. Maybe our boat is a place of comfort, safety, or security. That was my boat before I moved to Chattanooga. I was in a very safe, comfortable place but I have learned and experienced wonderful things by stepping out of that boat. Maybe God is calling you out of your boat because He wants you to do something that is great.
What is your boat? And how is God calling you to step out of it?