This past summer, I had the pleasure of taking my 4 year old daughter swimming. After briefly splashing around in the shallow end, she wanted to jump off of the diving board.
So I let her.
I treaded water in the deep end so I could catch her when she jumped. This was her first attempt at swimming in something besides a kiddie pool so I wasn't ready to let her go by herself just yet. She jumped a couple of times with no problems. But then she started thinking about it. Fear crippled her as she stood at the end of the diving board refusing to jump. She knew Daddy would catch her. She knew Daddy wouldn't let anything happen to her. Alas, no amount of encouragement from me could make her jump.
It reminded me of Peter walking on water. This peculiar story is found in the 14th chapter of Matthew's gospel. What I'd like to focus on from this story is what Jesus says to Peter in verses 28 and 29.
"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."
"Come." He said
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
The same thing I was trying to tell my daughter is the same thing Jesus told Peter. And it's the same thing Jesus is telling you today.
Stop making excuses. Stop procrastinating. Stop worrying. There is something in your life that you've been asking God for. His message to you today is come.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. - Psalms 34:4-6
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. - Psalms 34:8-9
I knew how much my daughter would enjoy the deep end if she would just jump. This analogy pales in comparison to what God has in store for you.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11
My daughter jumped. She had a blast for the rest of the afternoon. Your heavenly father is calling to you. Jump. Get out of the boat. Get off the couch.