What if God asks you to do something that defies all logic and common sense? What if, while in a season of life where there are choppy waters tossing you around, leaving you frightened and exhausted, God calls you to step out in faith and walk towards Him to an unknown place? What would win out — faith or fear?
In Matthew 14, we learn how Peter was faced with the same questions. As the story is told, Peter was sailing when the sea began to rage, and the boat was not withstanding the waves. He was afraid and, seeking rescue, cried out to Jesus for help. Jesus responded by saying, “Do not be afraid.” Peter yearned to know if it was indeed Jesus speaking. So, Peter asked Jesus and Jesus responds with a simple answer of, “Yes, come.” In that moment, Peter was ‘between’ two places — one which he was currently (the boat) and the other a place not yet known by Peter, but one Jesus was calling him toward.
What happens next is shear faith in action. Peter goes over the side of the boat and walks to Jesus on the water. Peter, fully human, is walking on water! I don’t know about you, but it’s at this place in the story that I want to yell, “Way to go, Peter!” But unfortunately, the story takes a turn and we see Peter playing out the fully human part of his being. Yes, like us, he stumbles. Peter takes his eyes off Jesus, stops listening to His voice, and starts instead listening to that inner voice of doubt and fear. He starts to sink and a terrified Peter cries out to Jesus again for rescue. Immediately, Jesus responds. He extends his arm, grabs Peter, and rescues him from sinking. Jesus saves Peter!
In a recent season where the waves of life were tossing me both professionally and personally, I found myself asking, “Lord, do you love me? Have you abandoned me? Are you really calling me to walk in this direction?” I was sinking and could not hold myself up any longer. I had taken my eyes off of the Lord, but He had not taken His eyes off of me. In my darkness I cried out, “Save me!” I heard in my spirit His response to my cry, “Child, I am here, I love you with a love that will not forsake nor leave you. Come follow me to the promised land.”
You see, I too was in the ‘between’ season. So the question became — would I lock my focus on Him, take the next step, and climb out of my ‘boat’? Or would I continue to hold onto the known?
We recently connected with Halftime Alumna, Carrie Park, to learn more about how she is navigating her own ‘between’ season: