Thought for the Day – Friday 30th October

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Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Matthew 14 : 25 – 27

Of course the disciples were terrified when they saw Jesus walking on the water. Some of them were fishermen. so they were fully familiar with the ways of water, its textures, its transparency and its wetness if you didn’t take care!.

There was a time, even in the recent past, when it was unusual to meet a sailor who could swim. The reason for this was that if your ship sank, it was better to drown quickly than to await the end slowly in the cold waters.

Could this have been the case with those fisherman disciples?  They were probably terrified that Jesus was about to drown, their faith was not yet as solid as it would become.

So, why was Jesus walking on water? What was he demonstrating? Was he inviting his followers to experience the power and presence of God, who alone treads on the waves of the sea.

In his book “If you want to Walk on Water, you’ve got to get out of the Boat.” John Ortberg invites his reader to consider the incredible potential of faith that awaits you outside your comfort zone. “Out of the risky waters of faith, Jesus is waiting to meet you in ways that will change you forever,….”

Prayer: Father, help us not to be afraid when we are asked to undertake a task of faith outside our comfort zone, knowing that if we are called, then Jesus will be with us.

Action: Don’t be swayed away from undertaking important tasks.