Walk on water

Only a child would say to someone walking on water during a storm in the middle of the night, “that is so cool, can I come too?” That is effectively what Peter says. Jesus did not say, “O Peter, walking on water is for big boys, you are not there yet.” He put no barrier whatsoever before Peter. He simply said, “Come.”

Peter steps out of the boat, doing what he saw Jesus doing. Walking on water calls for resources beyond human. It takes you far beyond human limitations and the slightest deviation from reality will cause you to sink. Peter started to sink when he became afraid, but he called on Jesus to save him and of course, Jesus instantly did. Peter did not sink. He walked on water just like Jesus, even though He doubted!

Life is most exciting when we venture to walk on water.

The only reason the impossible eludes most of us is because we are too serious, too reasonable. You can walk on water too if only you would allow yourself to be be a child.

When He said “all things are possible to whoever believes,” Jesus is effectively saying “Come”, like He said to Peter. Even if you momentarily start to sink due to your own fault, the Master will catch you immediately you call on Him. What a no-brainer! The other disciples only needed to say, “me too” and Jesus would have said, “come” but they were too serious to entertain the thought.

The world is in dire need of people childish and unreasonable enough to walk on water. Your only regret at the end of the day will be remaining in the safety of the boat. Really, what do we have to lose?

10 thoughts on “Walk on water

  1. I have been called childish and I love it cos I am called that when I try to explain why I see things the way I do when it comes to holding on to God and his promises. Some see it as an insult. For me, a huge compliment for believing God like a 2 year old is the only way to go. It can be hard but the times I have actually believed 100% like that are the times that I have experienced the truly miraculous in my life. Truly miraculous.

    • Sis, it’s a privilege to have your comment here.

      To be called childish is a huge compliment since Jesus said we need to receive the kingdom of God like children. If we see it as an insult, perhaps we do not believe Jesus?

      It is impossible to believe God’s word like a child and not experience the miraculous. We can live in the miraculous like Jesus if such faith becomes our lifestyle. Jesus’ faith was purely childlike. Children do not think anything is impossible and they so amazingly creative it’s funny. My daughter told me a few days ago that one of her friends went straight from being 3 years old to 5 years old, because he did not want to be 4. In their world, even time can be dominated. Jesus dominated time in many of the miracles he performed. May we develop such faith.

      Thank you for your comment.

  2. I see a trend in your last few posts; is it intentional or a coincidence? Either way, thank you for these posts.
    Sometimes I try to imagine what Peter was thinking about the moment he started sinking and why Jesus didn’t stop the thought (of course he knew what Peter was thinking); but then I like to think that because of that experience, Peter never ever had a reason to doubt God or be afraid about anything for the rest of his life. I mean, if Jesus could help him do something as humanly impossible as walking on water and catching Him when he started to sink, then there’s nothing He won’t be able to do. Same thing applies to us in the present world. *sorry for the epistle*
    Thank you Tolu. God bless you.

    • Thanks Feyi. It is both intentional and a joyful coincidence. I do posts as they come to me and I love the trend I also see in the last few posts. There are themes i feel the need to dig deeper into in my own life in these posts. Thank you for spotting it.

      One thing that stood out for me was that though he began to sink due to doubt and fear, when he called on Jesus, the walking on water was resumed immediately. Our failures do not need to stop us unless we insist they should. Following Christ is a no-brainer because even when you fail, He is there to catch you the moment you call on Him.

      Like us, even after exeriencing the undeniable hand of God, I think Peter still doubted, even during the walking on water and after. Experiencing a miracle does not imply automatic faith. It can definitely boost our faith but we must consciously call to mind what we experienced. The disciples doubted Christ repeatedly even after seeing Him perform unheard of miracles. I have doubted God after experiencing His hand. Faith does not come just by experience, good or bad, but by God’s word. For my past experiences of God to boost my faith in the present, I need to consciously remember and in the heat of the moment,we humans ave been known to forget. Look at the Israelites. They saw pillars of cloud and fire, red sea parting, amazing wonders in Egypt, yet they doubted and still limited God, because they did not process those miracles.

  3. Love this: the impossible eludes us because we are too serious, too reasonable…for unto such (little children, the unreasonable ones) belong the Kingdom of God

    In becoming childish and unreasonable, I am learning that I need not understand how God will make things happen, i only need believe. I try to disintegrate the limits of possibility, explore the impossibility (in alignment to his will) and remind myself before whom I stand

    One of the interesting things about kids is the unwavering faith they display when someone they trust speaks…they are not cluttered with thinking about how to make things happen, they are essentially at the end of their ropes….so they cast their nets like Peter, fully expecting (unlike Peter and adults) to catch a boat load

    Like Peter, when they see the supernatural, they are eager to try walking on water…How then do we become like little kids, how do we reverse our reasoning and allow the mind of Christ to truly pervade our thinking

    • We become like little kids not by trying to act like them but by renewing, changing, saturating our minds with God’s word. Faith always comes by hearing and hearing and surrounding ourselves with God’s word, which naturally produces faith. It takes effort and that is the ony effort that is required to experience the supernatural. This is the only work we are to do – reverse our thinking.

      Yoruba language has the best translation I know for repentance – Ìrònúpìwàdà, which means change your thinking to change your ways/character. Repentance is hard, because it requires a mindset change but without it, we cannot develop faith.

      Thanks for that very important question.

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