Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water. He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind,he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”—Matthew 14:28-31
As I looked upon the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, I noticed the imposing mountain range that surrounded the lake. I imagined Jesus praying atop one of those mountains while he watched his disciples struggle against the stormy winds and the billowing waves in or to get across the sea to Capernaum.
At the fourth watch, between 3am and 6am, the disciples were exhausted from rowing all night long and going nowhere. During this period, Jesus went out to meet them in the middle of the tumultuous storm walking on water. Encountering Jesus in this unexpected manner, fear gripped their hearts as they all thought he was a ghost. Peter somehow gathered enough courage to cry out, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” So, he did until he realized what on earth (on water) he was doing. It was then that his faith sank right along with him. Jesus rescues Peter from drowning and together they return to the boat. Only then did those in the boat confess, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
The point is this: fear and faith cannot float on the same boat, or live in the same heart. Fear frequently blinds human eyes and hinders human hearts to see and experience the presence of the Lord.