Peter leaped out of a boat during a rough storm to do the seemingly impossible, to walk on water, because Jesus commanded him to do so.
That is the epitome of a leap of faith.
We should expect our leaps of faith to be the same experience. If we are open to it, we will be commanded by God to do the seemingly impossible. If we take that leap, we, like the sinking Peter, will face obstacles and we may even succumb to fear.
But, like Peter, if, during our struggles, we cry out “Lord, save me!” Jesus will be there to reach out his hand and pull us back to safety.
And don’t be surprise if Jesus’ response to us in those moments will be the same as it was for Peter…
“You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
What is so extraordinary about Peter is his complete and unabashed faith in Jesus. He is the first to defend him in the Garden, the first to jump ship on another occasion and rush to the shore to greet Jesus, the first to acknowledge Jesus as as the Son of God and, in this instance, when Peter sees Jesus walking on water he is the first, and only Apostle, to ask the Lord to command him to do the same, to walk in Jesus footsteps in miraculous ways.
It is no wonder everyone followed Peter as their leader after Jesus ascension. It’s no wonder his name is mentioned more than all of the other Apostles combined.
Peter was special because he was so outwardly passionate for the Lord. He wasn’t perfect, as his betrayal attests, but, no matter the situation, he never stopped looking for the Lord, either in forgiveness for denying Jesus, or when the battering waves got the best of him when trying to walk on water.
I hope I have the faith of Peter.
I hope I am willing to take those leaps of faith when Jesus commands me to do so, no matter how fierce the storm is around me.