I wonder what Jesus would empower you to do, if you only asked him for the power to do it. I wonder what Jesus would willingly say yes to if you were so bold to ask. I wonder what impossible would be made completely possible for you if you believed enough to ask God for the ability to do impossible things with him.
Peter was the one disciple who was allowed to do the impossible with Jesus. He walked on water. Why? Why Peter? Was he favored? Was he given special gifts and talents? Was he the best of all the disciples, or was he simply the one who asked?
Lets set the stage for the story here. Jesus had just allowed his disciples to be part of the miraculous feeding of 5,000, using only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. After everyone had eaten all they could eat and were full, Jesus had the disciples gather the leftovers and they filled 12 baskets.
Hmmmm, have you ever thought about the significance of that number? 12 baskets of leftovers for 12 disciples, that means 1 for each. That means Peter was carrying a basket. Andrew had a basket. James and John, Phillip and Bartholomew each had a basket. Thomas and Matthew had a basket, as well as James, Taddaeous, Simon and Judas. Leftovers from the miracle for each to carry and see for themselves the power of Jesus in every day, real life ordinary situations. Proof that Jesus cared about people who hadn’t had dinner. Proof that Jesus would provide, and he would provide MORE than enough. The proof was in the basket of leftovers each one personally carried.
You have a your own basket don’t you? Proof of what Jesus has done in your life. Ways he showed up in the ordinary needs of your day and provided in extraordinary ways. You’re walking around with proof of what he has done for you. He gave you that proof to increase your faith to do the next thing with him! What’s next … well I don’t know, but it’s on it’s way.
The disciples didn’t know what was next, but it was on it’s way. What was next was Jesus told them to get in a boat and go to the other side ahead of him. While the disciples began to row, Jesus went up on a mountain and prayed. What happens next? It grows dark and in the night, the wind blows against them, making it hard for them to get where they were going.
You ever feel like it’s hard to get where you’re going? Like you’re trying to follow the last instructions God gave you, but it’s nearly impossible? You’re kinda wondering where is God now because this crap just got real. You’re trying, but you’re making no progress. Why would God tell you to do this if he knew you would struggle so darn hard? Did God know you would struggle? Of course. Can he see you struggling right now at this very moment? Absolutely he can. Now, what’s he going to do about it?
Mark 6: 47-48 “Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake.”
It was night, Jesus is on land and they were all the way in the middle of the lake. How did Jesus see them? Y’all need to know, our Jesus has night vision. He can see in the dark. He can see you all the way where you have wandered off and struggling. And here’s the coolest thing, Jesus will come to you! Oh yes he will. He will come to you in the middle of your struggle. He won’t leave you alone on this.
Now notice when Jesus went out to them, walking on the water, it was shortly before dawn. Why is that important? It’s that time just before dawn that it is darkest. Yes, Jesus loved you at your darkest and that’s when he came to you! Just how dark have things gotten in your life? Look around my sister, here’s Jesus!
Matthew 26: 14-19 “When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Now, here comes Peter’s big moment. Peter asks a question that changes his entire experience. Knowing who Jesus is, having just gathered a basket and carried it himself proving Jesus’ care of the little things and power over all things, he says “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.”
That’s bold. And guess how Jesus responds to a bold request of faith … he rewards it. Jesus says “well then, come on!” What happens next is Peter gets to walk on the water with Jesus!
Did Jesus come walking to them on the water with that little adventure in mind? It doesn’t look like it. Scripture would indicate this water walking adventure for Peter was the result of a simple request to do the impossible, and Jesus’ willingness to make it happen for the one who had enough faith and courage to ask.
So, what about a girl like you with all the proof in your life of how Jesus provides … what shall you do with that? What would Jesus be 100% willing to empower you to do if you only asked him? Oh my gosh, if Peter gets to walk on water, what could you get to do? Isn’t Jesus showing us there’s no limits here? Isn’t he telling us to imagine all that could be possible with him, then dare to ask for the ability to do it with him?
Part of my mantra this year is “I am an available vessel, responding to the promptings of the Almighty”. I make that part of my morning prayer on my knees and in a very unscripted, raw and excited conversation with God, I tell him I’m here and I’m ready to respond, so prompt away. I tell God I want to do crazy awesome things with him. I’m ready to partner with him for fantastic work together. As I pray this, I literally feel an excitement, wondering what kind of water walking we will get to do together.
What happens next is a divine invitation to hear from him and share what he tells me. Now, that’s what you hear today. Each episode is the result of a partnership with the Almighty and me getting to do some freaking cool things with him. It happens because I look around and know his power in my life, then with faith I simply ask him “what we can do together today.”
What can you and Jesus do together? Ahhhhhhhh, girl, soooooo much! Just ask him! Ask him to empower you to do some specific things. Ask him to get to be part of what he’s doing. Ask him to use you in impossible ways. What does Jesus say over requests like this “well, come on then!”
I’m just here doing cool things with Jesus. And Jesus is here awaiting your requests to do cool things with him too!
Will it still be work? Will it be hard some days? Will you sometimes look around and wonder what you got yourself into? YES! But Sis, you’re doing impossible things with Jesus, it’s not supposed to be easy, it’s just possible.
Once again, I’m here as an available vessel, responding to the promptings of the Almighty, and he has prompted me to say “Ask in faith, then take the next step.”