Who needs rocks?
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Who Needs Rocks?
An elder, a deacon and a pastor went out to a favorite fishing spot for a day of relaxation, fellowship and crape. When they anchored the boat just a few yards from the shoreline the elder said, “Oh, we forgot our tackle box.”
The deacon said, “Don’t sweat it, I’ll go get it.” The deacon climbed out of the boat and walked across the top of the water, picked up the tackle box and returned the same way.
Then the deacon cried out, “Oh no! I forgot to grab the ice chest with our drinks. The elder said, “Oh, you went last time, I’ll go after it.” He jumped out of the boat and ran across the surface of the water, grabbed the ice chest and marched back to the boat.
The pastor observed this activity with great confusion. He had no idea these two men had such ability and faith. When it got close to lunch time the guys wanted to get their lunches out of the truck, but they didn’t want to stop fishing. The pastor, thought to himself, “if they can do it, I can too.” He volunteered to go after their lunch boxes. The pastor jumped out of the boat and went straight down under the water. The elder turned to the deacon and said, “He’s gonna’ drown if we don’t tell him where those rocks are.”
In the 6th chapter of John, the 6th chapter of Mark and the 14th chapter of Matthew we see different takes on one amazing miracle. On a stormy night, well after darkness has come, Jesus walks on top of the Sea of Galilee with no rocks to hold him up. He had been praying and had sent the disciples ahead. No, he had come to meet up with his disciples who had been struggling against the wind, having a terrible time making headway.
Matthew is the only one of the accounts that told of Peter asking the Lord to let him come out to meet him. When Jesus invited the disciple to come, he walked on the water too. However, walking on water was tricky. When Peter started walking on the water, he was cruising along until he began to notice the wind and the waves. He took his eyes off of Jesus and began to sink. One great mercy is that he didn’t just go straight under like the pastor in our story above, but his sinking was gradual. He suddenly turned to Jesus and cried out for help. Jesus reached out, took his hand, and pulled him back to the surface. As Jesus and Peter got back into the boat, Jesus looked at Peter and commented, “Oh how little faith you have. Why did you doubt?”
Little faith? LITTLE FAITH? Peter was the only one to get out of the boat. I don’t think I could have gotten out of the boat. But, what Jesus was talking about was the walk each of us makes with him. Our faith may be great like Peter’s was when we get out of the boat. As we walk, we begin to forget why we are able to stay on top. We begin to look at all the reasons we can’t do it and take our eyes off of Jesus. But his grace is still there for us. He still loves us and doesn’t let us drown immediately. He gives us a chance to recognize our need to restore our trust in him. He raises us from our “little faith” moments and rescues us.
Who needs rocks when we have Jesus?
This Sunday will be the concluding message from our series titled Signs. The sign of Jesus’ position as Messiah and as the Son of God we will look at is from John 6:16-21 titled, An Extraordinary Walk. Plan to be challenged and encouraged to trust in the one who walks on water without rocks.
Walking with you by faith,