RADICAL STEPS

Matthew 14:23-32

You can call him what you like—impetuous, brash, outspoken—but once he recognized the Christand heard that command,he did what the others didn't—he stepped out onto the water and walked!He didn't wonder, he didn't worry, he didn't wait—he didn't even look to see if the others were behind him—he just climbed out and walked.

Oh, I know! I know what you want to say—that on Peter's part the story is a failurebecause he floundered—but, friend,because he had his vision fastened on the Christ,that Christ caught him—reached through shrieking windand waves to uplift him beyond sinking doubtand floundering fear.That Christly rebuke was not because he had daredto trust, but because he had not trusted even more!Oh no, my friend, that short trip was a triumph!

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