I had another thought pertaining to the “SINK” challenge. This one pertains to the step of faith involved in creating something new. I made a video of the cartoon being created. The finished cartoon is at the bottom of the post.
If you ask most people, whether they believe it actually happened or not, they will tell you they know that Jesus walked on water. What you may not know is that Jesus was not the only one. That very night another guy took a few steps on the water His name was Peter. Here’s what happened.
Jesus has just finished feeding the five thousand. He’s tired and He needs some time alone with the Father. So Matthew tells us in chapter 14. Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 During the fourth watch of the night 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.
There’s a note to consider. Peter knew there was only one way He was going to be able to walk on the water and that was if Jesus called Him. It’s the same way with us. When we are facing a seemingly impossible situation, the only way we can do it is if Jesus calls.
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.”
Now here’s the thing, A lot of people want to act like Peter was a wimp here. A lot of people want to come down on him and act like he was faithless. That’s hardly the case after all, Peter was the only one that night with the courage to step out of the boat and when he did, he stood on the water just like Jesus. The problem was what happened next. It seems he looked down. It seems he took his eyes off Jesus, saw that what he was standing on, should not have been able to hold him. No one can stand on water it’s impossible, and as soon as he thought it was impossible, it stopped being about Jesus and it came down to Peter’s abilities and surface tension and displacement laws and when that happened, he started to sink. And you and I would sink too.
It takes courage to follow Jesus into a new plan, a new path, a new course, especially if it’s something you have never done before or maybe no one has done before. That’s the essence of creativity, especially Creativity for Christ. We’re following Jesus into uncharted waters. It requires stepping out of the boat. Most people won’t do it that’s what makes it special. The problem is once we get out there and find ourselves standing on the waves, that’s when it gets dicey. We start to look around us and realize the impossibility of our situation and when that happens we sink into our own depths. We look at what we are doing and start to think it’s impossible and that is the first and fatal mistake. See the Bible tells us with God all things are possible. We have to take our eyes off the impossibility of our situation, look to Jesus and take the next step. And we need to keep on stepping, walking by faith until we reach Jesus.
If you want to follow Jesus into a new thing, you need to take a step of faith, you need to step out of the boat and onto the waves. Once you’re on the waves, don’t look down keep focused on Jesus. He makes the impossible, possible because with Him all things are possible and you can do all things through Him who gives you strength. He will make you able to do what He is calling you to do because, if it’s His call, He wants you to do it.
Step out and take the next step in Him. With Him all things are possible. He won’t let you sink.
IllustrationFriday.com Challenge: Sink II