Daily Dose, Feb. 21

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’ (Matthew 14:22-33) Jesus walking on the water might be the most familiar miracle of them all. Corny jokes abound in the golfing world about this moment. There was nothing corny about that scary night for Jesus’ disciples. The wind and water and time of day were all against them. They wondered if they would make it. You’ve been there. Bills to pay and everything lines up against you. Your health is at stake, your family hangs in the balance and your future is cooked and you just don’t see how you’re going to survive. But somehow you do and looking over your shoulder you probably see that God showed up in an unexpected way. Jesus came walking on the water and saved the disciples who regarded him as a terrifying ghost. Sounds just like Jesus to me. I sat in a boat filled with Christian pilgrims on the Sea of Galilee in 1998. Someone read this story and I thought to myself, “No way – not possible – couldn’t happen.” Nobody walks on the water, says the Psalmist, except God. The disciples figured this out once Jesus got in the boat with them.  “Truly, you are the Son of God.” The greatest miracle of them all to me is when we finally see this truth.  Jesus is not just a great preacher and teacher and healer and more. He is, in fact, God with us. Get that little detail figured out and not even going under the water for good will scare you very much. Just ask Simon Peter. Y’all come. --Dr. Don