Almost two months ago, I left Peter precariously sinking
and Jesus joyfully reaching. (See last post.)
Looking back, I think I wrote that because I was in the same boat.
On June 30th, PB and I stepped out of full time ministry after serving churches for 35 years. We weren’t sure how to walk into this new thing called retirement. The solid ground of schedules and Sunday services and cyclical seasons gave way to uncertain footing, wind and waves included. Two months have passed and although we haven’t sunk, we still feel a bit precarious, so I finally returned to Peter to see what happened after Jesus reached out His hand and caught him.
“And when they climbed into the boat…” (Matt. 14:32)
Think about it.
Jesus pulled Peter out of the swirling waters.
And then they walked together back to the boat.
On the water.
They didn’t swim back to the boat. Why would Peter dog-paddle when Jesus was standing there, holding his hand, smiling? Of course they walked back to the boat! On the water! In the wind!
“And when they climbed back into the boat, the wind died down”.
All of this change and restructuring of daily life will eventually die down. We will get the hang of this new season. In the meantime, wind and waves won’t take us down if we are holding on to our Life Preserver. Instead of focusing on the uncertainties, we will fix our eyes on Jesus and walk with Him wherever He leads.