The miracle of Peter walking on water always amazed me. I wondered what it must have been like for him to take that first step out of the boat and experience the weird feeling of water supporting his weight. Out of the 12 disciples, Peter was the only one who had the courage to step out onto that water.
It was not until recently that a different part of this event caught my attention. The miracle isn’t just about what Peter walked on. It is about whom he walked toward. Look carefully at how Matthew recorded it:
“‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus” (Matthew 14:28,29).
Peter did not ask for the supernatural ability to walk on water. His request was to come to Jesus, even though water was in the way. The point of the story isn’t to amaze us by what Peter was able to walk on. The point is all on the One whom Peter walked toward.
Right now there might be something in your life that’s getting in the way of growing closer to Jesus. It could be a busy schedule, a distracted mind, or a cloud of worries. Whatever is getting in your way, Jesus tells you the same thing he said to Peter: “Come.” He will give you the ability to walk toward him.