I like routine. A good schedule keeps my day running smoothly. It might even be said I am a creature of habit. As of late, I am not sure this is always a good thing.
Sometimes this means….I play it safe.
But playing it safe can also mean no risk taken and how does the old saying go?
Nothing ventured. Nothing gained.
To be honest, I want gain in my life. OK, definitely not in the weight department but in other areas of my life. For that to occur, it is going to mean some risk. As I thought on this today, I remembered….
Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. (Matt.14:22)
This takes place directly after Jesus fed the five thousand. The disciples had seen Jesus do the miraculous. Needs were met. People were fed and nourished. Being on the shore was safe. No risk involved and seemingly much to be gained. Scripture tell us Jesus had to insist that they get back into the boat and get out on the water.
The word ‘insisted’ (anankazo) means “to compel by force”. Like an authoritative command.
Basically – Jesus made them get back into the boat.
I think at times, I am no different than the disciples. By choice, I probably would stay on the shore. Hug the safety. Enjoy the view of the horizon from the beach.
We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, or a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better. (C. Joy Bell C)
The disciples are back in the boat and get out on the sea. It is there that they witness Jesus walking on the water. But it is also there that Peter himself walks out on the water to Jesus. By letting go of the shore, Peter was able to do something better. Something incredible. Something that would be talked about for all time.
If we keep holding onto the shore, we may miss our own walk on water.
We cannot hold on to the shore. Let go.