One of my favourite Bible stories is where Jesus Walks on water Matthew 14:22-33 after Jesus dismisses the crowd and then instructs the disciples to set off in the boat while he goes and prays alone, the boat is a considerable distance from the shoreline being buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it by the time Jesus returns.
Jesus then walks out to the boat and when the disciples see Jesus they think he is a ghost. But Jesus immediately said to them “Take courage, Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” and at this point Peter asks the Lord if it’s you tell me to come to you, “Come” said Jesus and Peter gets out of the boat. Imagine how that would have felt standing on the water with the wind billowing sea crashing about looking at Jesus standing on the water! Then Peter became afraid and began to sink crying out he said “Lord, save me” and Jesus reached out with his hand a caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
What were the conversations in the boat when Peter and Jesus returned, could there have been silence as the disciples processed what they have witnessed? The chapter teaches us to keep our faith in Jesus, even when the storms of life surround us.
In these times is there some one you’re aware of who has to self isolate or perhaps stay at home with a young family? An elderly neighbour or a relative who might benefit from a phone call, a friendly note through the door, picking up some shopping or even getting a prescription? Maybe you’re not sure if that ‘call’ is for you? We just need to put our faith and confidence in Jesus and ‘get out of the boat’. The smallest interactions can make a big difference to our community.