"Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. 'You of little faith,' he said, 'why did you doubt?'"
The Easter spirit springs out a sense of renewal in all Christians. It is that time of year we spring clean our house as well as our souls. We look deeply, contemplating on what areas need to be spruced up and what need to be discarded. It is this sense of spiritual growth that may compel us, or the sheer calling initiated from God.
These words were spoken to a drenched disciple, Peter. I can only imagine the look on Jesus' face as he extended his hand to retrieve him from the depths. His look may have been comical as Christ's sense of humor is portrayed often in the Bible. Here he was taking a stroll across the Sea of Galilee actually walking on water. When the disciples first saw him a look of terror came over their faces. They thought they were seeing an apparition. Peter, on the other hand, loved him and wanted to walk with him.
Suddenly, Peter climbs out of the boat as Jesus beckons and actually takes a few steps. He then realizes where he is, and his faith turns to fear. He begins to sink and cries out to Jesus to save him. Jesus reaches out, catches Peter, and probably found mirth in his actions thinking, "Peter, if you only knew, you can do this, too, yourself."
Each of us is capable of doing great things. When we hear the call of God in our lives and begin to seek out his plans and purposes, it is time to "get out of the boat" with faith. What areas in your life need a clean sweep this year? Which need to be refurbished? Which need to be packed up and put away for good?
Easter is the time for spiritual renewal. Do your spiritual housekeeping this week taking note of what needs to be electrified and renewed from God. Take heed and faith that it will be done! In order to thoroughly clean sweep one's soul we must believe that it will be achieved. Belief in God is everything.
Father, I sense your call to "get out of the boat".
I trust you as it is time for me to spiritually clean my house.
Give me the faith to pack away what is not needed,
The strength to renew what is old,
And the faith to trust it is so!