The waves were wild and boisterous, beating against the small boat when all of the sudden what appeared to be a ghost moved across the water toward them. It was 3:00 in the morning and pitch black as Peter and his friends struggled to make out who was walking on the sea. But as they cried out in fear a familiar voice called out to them, "Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid".
Suddenly Peter, knowing this must be Jesus, called out "Lord, if it's you, tell me to come to you on the water". Jesus answered, "Come." Without thinking, Peter climbed over the side of the ship and walked on the water toward Jesus! Along the way though, he took his eyes off of Jesus and began to look at his surroundings. As he saw the reality of the wind and waves, fear gripped him and he began to sink.
Matthew 14:30 records that as he started to sink, he cried "Lord, save me!" Verse 31 says, "And IMMEDIATELY Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him..." That word "immediately" struck me in a new way today that brought tears to my eyes. Peter was only ONE step away from Jesus when he succumbed to the negative around him. Only one more step and he could have grabbed Jesus' outstretched hand and walked back to the boat with him.
How many of us are one step away from our answered prayer, one step away from the door opening, one step away from divine healing manifesting in our bodies? How many people shift their focus away from Jesus and onto the negative pressing in on them when one more step of faith would have brought them to victory?
If we've already been bold enough to step out of the boat into God's calling on our lives, let's keep the blinders of God's word on and refuse to focus on the negative around us. Then we can say with Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that "we walk by faith, not by sight."
BE BOLD TODAY AND TAKE ONE MORE STEP!