A Stroll At Leisure With God

Peter Walked on the Water!

Yesterday, I was glad to be able to spend some time with my mom. Emily, the nurse, wheeled her into the waiting room at the front of the facility. She was hunched over in her chair, but she looked as if she was doing okay. She is still discouraged and wants to leave the resting home. She keeps forgetting what happened to her and why she is is there in the first place.

This may sound bad. I certainly don’t mean it to be so, but sometimes, Marilyn and I confer and agree that memory loss isn’t always that bad. Maybe it is good that she doesn’t remember what happened to her and where she is. Sometimes, I think it makes it easier on her. No one would choose it, for sure. I don’t know …

I love this story in Matthew. It is one thing for Jesus to walk on the water. That is miraculous enough in and of itself. It is quite another thing for Peter to do it. “Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ And He said, ‘Come!’ And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus” (Matthew 14:28-29 NASB).

When Peter saw Jesus, he wanted to do the same thing: walk on water. So, Jesus invited him out of the boat and Peter actually did it! He walked on the water toward Jesus.

Sometimes, I think we gloss over this part of the story. Peter actually did it! He reasoned that if Jesus could do it, so could he. And he did. I just can’t get over this.

As Christians, we need the same reasoning. Since we are in Jesus and Jesus is in us, He enables us to do things heretofore impossible. On our own, we can’t do it, but Jesus can through us, if we will step out and let Him. With a focus on Him, we can do anything Jesus can do in us. Praise God!

As I sat there with my mom, all I wanted to do was cry. It is so hard to see her suffer, but I realized that my tears would not help her or me, so Jesus helped me NOT to cry. He did it through me.

Lord, I thank You for the miracle life of Jesus that is in us and we are in You. Thanks for taking care of my mom. She is in Your very good hands. Thanks for helping Marilyn and me through this hard time. Thanks AGAIN for all the prayers for us. I love our prayer warriors and wouldn’t make it without them. Amen.

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