Thought for the Day – Saturday 31st October

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“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

Matthew 14 : 28 – 29

I love Peter – he’s so human.  He was an emotional man, following his impulses, who climbed out of his fishing boat to walk on the water.  He was familiar with the sea. He knew about drowning.  He probably didn’t swim – in the old days, most fishermen didn’t because it meant your drowning lasted longer. But he tests Jesus by saying ‘call me to come’, and then, when Jesus calls, Peter answers that call and steps over the side of the boat.  It’s extraordinary!

Our actions are limited by what we think we can do, but Jesus calls us to trust Him and go beyond that. We ask him to speak to us, in prayer and through others, and in response He will call us to step out of what we know, trusting his love and saving, following his voice.

Prayer: Blessed Lord, in your life on earth, you called your disciples to do things they would never have thought of. Fishermen walked on water, taught, taxmen preached.  Help us not to fear your voice, give us courage to listen and step out of the boat when you call, knowing your love will always keep and support us. Amen

Action: focus today on trying to hear when Jesus may be calling you to do something out of your usual comfort zone and respond to His call.