I love to drive Brett’s car. He has a Subaru Baja turbo. The power that the turbo adds to the engine is incredible. When I drive my little 4-cylinder, almost 15-year-old car, I live with the reality that it will never go fast. It just doesn’t have that kind of power. But, the turbo in the Baja makes me feel as free as the wind, capable of going anywhere I please in record time. The extra power just plain makes me happy!
Peter’s best known leap of faith was the moment he put his eyes on Jesus and stepped out of the boat, in the middle of a storm, and began to walk to Jesus on the water. Despite the storm swirling around him, when he heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come”, he obeyed. I’m sure he never forgot that moment, a moment when despite the storm about him, he felt such trust and faith in Jesus, that all fear left him and he was able to obey completely the voice of Christ. Though just moments later his fear of the storm returned, his faith apparently disappeared in the wind and he began to sink. But, with great compassion Jesus answered his call for help. They climbed into the boat together and the wind ceased. Peter walked on water and the wind ceased…..nothing is too hard for the powerful right arm of the Lord!
I can only experience true freedom when I abandon fear and step into the storm with Jesus. The difference between being in the storm with Jesus or carefully avoiding the storm can be compared to driving my old car or driving Brett’s car with turbo. The power Peter experienced when he fully forgot himself and looked only to Jesus allowed him to walk on water just like his master. Being in the presence of the power of Jesus allowed him to see and do things that he could have never experienced on his own limited power. Under his own power he wasn’t going anywhere fast….well except maybe downhill.
Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. Isaiah 59:1
Almighty LORD, you made heaven and earth by your great strength and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17