I Know... Jesus Told Peter to Get Out of the Boat... My name is Al, NOT Peter!
Bob and Karen Slowik are very dear friends and mentors to me. I had the pleasure of being a Manny for their adult children Erica and Chad when they were younger. They are a vital part of my Godly family. Bob sent this personalized Bible story to me as a way to encourage me during my time of transition. I thought I would share his clever rendering of a beloved Bible story personalized for me.
Jesus Calls Peter to Get Out of His Boat and Follow Him: Matthew 14:22-32
Immediately after this Jesus insisted that Al get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake while He sent the elementary education people home.
After sending them home, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray for his servant, Al. Night fell while He was there alone.
Meanwhile, the disciples and Al were in trouble far away from the security of elementary education, for the gusting WIND (Spirit) was taking Al in a new direction. About three o’clock in the morning (midway through the dark time of trials and training the Lord had purposed for Al) Jesus came toward him, walking on the water. When Al saw Him walking on the water, he was afraid, and in his fear he cried out, “It’s the ghost of the insecurity of my childhood.”
But Jesus spoke to Al at once. “Don’t be afraid.” He said. “Take courage; I am here.”
Then Al called out to Him, “Lord if it’s really You, tell me to come to You, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come!” Jesus said.
So Al went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and waves, and diminishing financial resources and couldn’t see a job in January, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. Why did you doubt me?”
When Al climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped…
But Al did have faith. Perhaps not as much as Jesus would have wanted him to have, but there was enough faith to step out of the elementary education boat and walk toward Jesus. And Al didn’t walk on water any more than Peter did; Peter walked on the authority of Jesus words when He said, “Yes, come!” We know that liquid water cannot support the weight of a human body, but God’s Word has authority over everything, even diminishing financial resources and jobs that we can’t see. Jesus later sent Paul, the Apostle to remind us to finish the race that God has called us to run. We can’t give up in the middle of the race and expect to win the prize.
To encourage you, I’ll join Jesus in the hills as He prays for His servant, Al.
Bob, Thanks for this encouraging reminder!