He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.
Matthew 14:29 ESV
In Jesus’ day, a boat wasn’t powered by a motor but by oars or sails. If you’ve been in a rowboat, you know they feel tippy when you get in or out of them.
The disciples were already shaken by a fierce storm when Jesus started walking toward them on the water. When Peter jumped up to take a lake walk with the Lord, the other disciples fought for stability. I can imagine Judas yelling, “Peter! We’re going to flip over!”
Because Peter wanted to be with Jesus so much, his friends were able to see Jesus like never before. They saw He was able to give them abilities they’d never imagined. More importantly, they saw that He was deeply worthy of worship. “You really are the Son of God!” the disciples confessed after seeing Jesus conquer the water with Peter alongside Him (Matthew 14:33 NLT).
Every day, we have opportunities to be so bold in our belief in Jesus that we get out of the boat, shake things up, and help direct our friends’ eyes to the Savior. Jesus has power over everything. But will we be courageous enough to rock the boat so that others might understand?