walking on water

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Here's What Happened!

On the day of this miracle,

Jesus instructed the disciples

to board a boat and go to the other side of the sea.

Then Jesus proceeded

to walk to a mountain to pray.

The disciples boarded a boat

and the boat

left the shore headed for the other side.

Several hours later,

the disciples found themselves

a long way from land and facing a huge storm.

It is not totally clear in the story

but the way I understand the story,

the disciples were having difficulty

dealing with this storm


they were somewhat afraid of this strong storm.

They were afraid

even though several of them were expert fishermen.

Mark 6:48 –50 NKJV

telling the story of Jesus walking on water:

“Now when evening came,

the boat was in the middle of the sea


Jesus was alone on the land.

Then Jesus saw them straining at rowing,

for the wind was against them.

Now about the fourth watch of the night

Jesus came to them,

walking on the sea,

and would have passed them by.

And when they saw Him walking on the sea,

they supposed it was a ghost,

and cried out:

for they all saw Him and were troubled.

But immediately Jesus talked with them and said to them,

“Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

Mark does not record the next thing to happen,

but we find out what happened

from the Gospel of Matthew.

Matthew chapter 14:28-29 NKJV

tells us that Peter yelled out,

'"Lord, if it is you, ask me to come out on the water.'

Then Jesus said, 'Come.'"


Then the story continues,


I’m going to stop there,

because if we just look at the story this far,

there is a lot to think about.

Please ponder with me.

Think about Jesus

walking to the edge of the shore

and then

stepping out onto the water and walking. 


I wonder……


did Jesus


on the water to get to the disciples?  


Jesus didn't have to....

When I analyze the story,

I realize that

Jesus could have used a boat

to get to the disciples – even though he didn’t have a boat. 

Remember the story of Palm Sunday?

Remember Jesus riding on a young donkey

on Palm Sunday?

Where did Jesus get the donkey?

Jesus didn’t have a donkey.

So how did he get that donkey?

Luke 19

tells us that as Jesus and the disciples

were walking to Jerusalem,

they came close to a couple of nearby villages.

Jesus sent two of the disciples to one of the nearby villages.

Jesus gave them these instructions,

“Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter

you will find a colt tied,

on which no one has ever sat.

Loose it and bring it here.

And if anyone asks you,

‘Why are you loosing it?’

thus you shall say to him,

‘Because the Lord has need of it.’”

So those who were sent went their way


found it just as He had said to them.

But as they were loosing the colt,

the owners of it said to them,

‘Why are you loosing the colt?’

And they said, ‘The Lord has need of him.’

Then they brought him to Jesus

and they threw their own clothes

on the colt,

and they set Jesus on him.”

That was the way Jesus got a colt to ride on Palm Sunday.

So, going back to Jesus walking on water -

the God of the Universe

could have had a boat ready for Jesus to use. 

Jesus could have taken a vacant boat

out  to the disciples


asked a boat owner to use or borrow his boat.


did Jesus


on the water?

I believe God is using this story

to enlarge our view of our options

during difficult situations.  

The disciples would have never dreamed

that the answer to their difficult stormy dilemma

would involve Jesus walking on water to help them.

I believe that God

wants us to realize

that there are not only natural options

but supernatural options

that God can use

to get us out of our

troubles and tight spots.

When we try to figure out how to get out of problems,

we see limited options.

But God is not limited.

God can bring help to us in many and varied ways.

The Parting of the Red Sea

Without the biblical story to read,

no one

standing with Moses

on that day

could have imagined

the outcome of their situation.

Think about Moses and the Red Sea.

That story has intrigued me for many years.

Through studying the story of the Red Sea rescue, God has shown me that many times his chosen rescue method is something that I would never think of  -  not in a million years.

Go back with me to the story of Moses and the Red Sea.

I have often pictured myself in that story.

There I am with Moses and thousands of people out in the wilderness. All of us can easily see Pharaoh's army in the distance. They are ready to capture us  - or worse.

I would have been terrified. I would have been panicking, because -  in my mind  - I would see no rescue options.

I would have concluded that there was no escape. After all, the Red Sea - which was in front of us -  would have appeared to have pinned us down to this location.  We would see nowhere to run.

In a million years, I would never have imagined the escape plan that the Lord had for us.


Can you imagine the fear of the people on that day?

I have noticed that oftentimes before a great miracle of God, there is a time of fear.

Have you ever noticed

that whenever you analyze a situation

and see

no hope,

your emotions naturally take a nose dive?

I have noticed that in my life.

God tells us to FEAR NOT. But that is the opposite of the natural thing to do.

During those times

when fear rises up in me,

I need to remember that the


of God 

produces great and mighty wonders.

~ ~ ~

Have you ever wondered


God chose to part the Red Sea

as the rescue method for Moses and the people?

Why part the Red Sea? 

Why not choose some other

less miraculous

method of rescue?

  I believe it was to

enlarge our trust that God

has more rescue options than we could ever imagine.

One of my favorite scriptures talks

about that

Red Sea experience.

It is Psalm 77:19 in the Living Bible.


In that verse, the psalmist is talking to God.

The psalmist says,

"Your road led by a pathway

through the sea -

a pathway no one knew was there!"

Thinking about that verse 

   when I am in the midst of trouble,

increases my calmness.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Psalm 77:13 - 20 TLB

reminds us of

how powerful God is


  that God

is still

a God of miracles.

“O God, your ways are holy.

Where is there any other as mighty as you?

You are the God of miracles and wonders!

You still demonstrate your awesome power.

You have redeemed us who are the sons of Jacob and of Joseph by your might.

When the Red Sea saw you,

how it feared!

It trembled to its depths! The clouds poured down their rain, the thunder rolled and crackled in the sky. Your lightning flashed.
There was thunder in the whirlwind; the lightning lighted up the world! The earth trembled and shook.

Your road led by a pathway through the sea-
a pathway no one knew was there!

You led your people along that road like a flock of sheep, with Moses and Aaron as their shepherds.”

The Red Sea was hiding their pathway to safety.

No one could see the pathway through the Red Sea.

They couldn’t see the pathway or any other way out.

When we analyze a fearful situation

and see no hope,

our emotions

will naturally plummet,


we can learn how to lift our emotions


God Prepares Ahead

God is never caught off guard.

Nothing ever sneaks up on God.

If we can remember

that God has already prepared

our help


we encounter our predicaments and problems - 

then we can begin to calm ourselves.


our faith will increase

if we will remind ourselves

that just because

we cannot think of a way out of our problems

 doesn’t mean that

God can’t think of a way out.


God knows the future.

God always knows

what is coming into our life.

For me personally, knowing that God has

unlimited power,

unlimited creativity,


unlimited ability

to take care of me

helps me to keep my emotions in check during difficult times.

When I face difficulties:

God frequently

reminds me

of the story of the Red Sea

and the story of Jesus walking on water -

to help me trust him more deeply

in my difficult times.

God reminds me that

many times

he does things in ways

that I could never have dreamed he would.

No matter how long

we analyze a situation,

we cannot "out - think" God.

Dead Ends


  - in life -  


end up at a dead end.

When that happens, we need to remember that God is able to miraculously open up a new pathway for us.

God can open up a pathway no one knew was there! A pathway no one could have imagined – was there.

So as I ponder Jesus walking on water and the miraculous parting of the Red Sea, I can come to rest more deeply in God’s mighty power and in his love.

Peter Walked on Water

AND let’s not forget that it wasn’t just Jesus who walked on the water.

The next part of the story tells us that through the power of God, Peter walked on water, too!

AND think of this - Peter had no reason to walk on the water. There was no special need. Peter didn’t need to get out of the boat and go somewhere.

So why did Peter walk on the water?

Could it be

that God wanted

that part of the story

to show us that he can even use us

to do mighty things

that we could never dream of?

Could it also be

that God is saying that

sometimes he does miracles in our life

just because....

  just because -  it would make us


to being alive

or just because it would make us happy?

~ ~ ~

Maybe God is showing us that every miracle isn’t sent by God

to rescue us from disaster.

Sometimes a miracle is sent just because he loves us.

Are You Saved?

Jesus loves you more than you could imagine. If you haven’t received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I invite you to pray a prayer for salvation  - right now.

If you are not saved, Jesus is standing at the door of your heart.

Revelation 3:20 NKJV

"Behold I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in to him and dine with him and he with me."

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