I buddy of mine and his brother decided to teach me to barefoot ski a number of years ago. They geared me up in a barefoot suit, put the boom on the side of their ski boat and it was time to hit the water. They put me out in the water, had me grab the boom and then explained the steps very matter-of-fact: 1. Curl up like a ball and let your back skip against the water 2. When we get the boat up to 40 mhp, one of us will give you the thumbs up 3. Slowly rotate forward and dig your heals into the water. This description was beyond humorous to me, but these guys were serious! So, after a number of crashes and face plants I managed to survive the barefoot skiing experience.
Jesus was a barefoot skier in his own right, except he didn’t need a boat, a boom or a suit. He just walked right across the water one night and his buddies freaked out. One of his friends, Peter, was curious enough to try and learn how to barefoot, sans the boat. “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. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matt 14:28-30) Jesus response: “Oh you of little faith, why did you not believe.” (v.31)
That is a great question to ask today: What am I not believing the Lord for, and why am I not believing? Oh that we would not pay attention to the wind and the waves, but truly believe.