On the water
THE WORDS FROM A PRESIDENT can start a war; the words from a referee can end a fight; the words from a mother can bring comfort; the words from a husband can express love; the words from a teacher can motivate; the words from a principal can change an atmosphere; and the words from a union can control a school.
The world we live in was created, and is controlled, by words. Words have power and as a result can be used to uplift or tear down, support or control, educate or deceive.
It is very important how we use words as they can be a curse or a blessing, depending on how they are communicated.
Over the last year, I have received many emails thanking me for my articles, which have uplifted, educated and encouraged many, and last week’s article The Village was no different. I received phone calls, emails, text messages, Facebook messages and BB messages from people expressing their appreciation for the article.
One of the emails I received was from a Mr Jordan from Canada who messages me weekly in relation to the articles. In his email, he wrote, “Mr Worrell, once again, great article. I am going to share something with you. I am not a Christian – actually I would be considered an atheist by society’s definition of the term. However, there is one story in the Bible I read as a young man that has influenced my decision to always go into the unknown: the one where Jesus walks on water. For many years I thought this was a miracle. However, as I grew older from a child into a man, I realized that . . . .”
This article and the story below are a continuation from last week’s and I hope you will find them as encouraging as The Village. I will offer an alternative view of the story, which was introduced to me by Mr Jordan. It is found in Matthew 14: 25 – 30.
(25) About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.
(26) When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”
(27) But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
(28) Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
(29) “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.
(30) But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. There are two things I want to highlight in this story. 1. “. . . So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.”
For years, we have been told this story and when anyone speaks about the miracles that Jesus did, “walking on water” is always mentioned.
I want to offer an alternative view that the miracle was not Jesus walking on water but that Peter actually stepped out of the boat onto the water.
Think about it for a few seconds . . . .Walking on water was something that we knew Jesus was capable of doing since he had fed 5 000 people only a few verses before.
It is amazing to think that Peter actually stepped out of the boat.
2. “But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink.” Even though Peter had just done a miraculous thing and was heading toward his goal, Jesus, he was easily distracted and lost focus by taking his eyes off Jesus and as a result began to sink.
Last week you were encouraged to leave “the village”; this week I am encouraging you to “step out of the boat”. Stepping out of the boat is uncommon, unthinkable, scary and doesn’t make sense, but is necessary to fulfil that dream. When you do step out of the boat, don’t lose focus, don’t be distracted, don’t take your eyes off the goal or else you, too, will sink.
• Corey Worrell is a former Commonwealth youth ambassador. Email [email protected]