The Unknown

“What would that look like?” This is one phrase I have heard pastors speak a lot recently. It is almost always followed up with something like: “I don’t know, but let’s find out!”.

Do we have a healthy expectation for the Holy Spirit to work? Or do we insist we know exactly what our Lord wants to do? Are we willing to submit to the Spirit’s prompting and walk out into the unknown? Peter did just that. He walked on the water, and met his Lord.

In April 2011, I decided to follow the Spirit into the unknown. I began to see my sin of telling God what to do, and telling the Bible what I wanted the Bible to say. I have met my Lord in a far more personal and significant way than I have in the past. It is not an easy thing to do, for sure. We start sinking like Peter did. But we have our Lord Jesus to cry out to. His hand is always there to catch us.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Matthew 14:25-33 NIV

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