Jesus did a lot to show others His love and in being a friend. After Jesus feeds the 5,000, Jesus tells the disciples to go ahead in the boat and to cross the lake. Jesus had decided to take some time to go pray. While Jesus was praying, the disciples headed off in the boat. They got into trouble when strong winds and waves were rocking their boat. They were probably taking spoons and cups trying to shovel out the water inside the boat, so that they would not sink. Jesus does one of those mind blowing things He does when He walks on the water. The disciples were scared because they thought Jesus was a ghost. Last time I checked, it usually is not normal for people to walk on water, so I would have felt the same the disciples did. But Peter did something probably most people would not do if they were a disciple in the middle of hurricane occurring around their boat.
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. 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
Matthew 14:28-31 NLT
Peter had enough faith to trust Jesus, which is why he began walking on the water. Once he noticed the waves and storms around him, he freaked out and began to sink. Jesus was already there to help him out of the water. Once they got back into the boat, the wind and waves stopped. Jesus does that with us, too. There are all sorts of things that cause our boats to rock. The storms of life get crazy and we get scared. We see God in the middle of it so we start to walk on the water, but we don’t fully surrender ourselves to God in the middle of the storm, so we begin to sink. But Jesus is right there ready to bring us out. What we have to do is choose to say yes, we are going to trust in Jesus and grab His hand. Now, in the case of friendship, we can learn a few things that we can apply from this story in being a friend to others.
Lead Others to Walk on Water
Obviously this impossible for mere humans to do, but we need to be that kind of mentor to others that lead them to have that strong of a faith in Jesus. There are many different times when Peter was with Jesus and it caused him to do amazing things like walking on the water, seeing the Transfiguration, and even being named rock, because one day he was going to be the solid rock or foundation of the early church. Jesus brought the best out of Peter. Think about who brings the best out you. Who is that person that causes you to walk on the water? Now, think about who you can cause to walk on the water. We all have people who look up to us. Having that responsibility should be encouraging because you get the chance to lead others to success. You have the opportunity to show others the incredible love and grace that Jesus gives to us all.
Reach Out Your Hand
It is no surprise that we will suffer in this world. Even Jesus tells us that we are going to suffer. When others suffer, we need to be there for them. One of things that can comfort someone the most is just having someone there for them. I heard a story one time where a guy was going through a tough time with the loss of a loved. A lot of people were trying to comfort him by trying to talk to him about what he was going through. This hurt the man and made him feel even more sorrow than he was feeling to begin with. Another person told the man that they were sorry for the loss and that they would sit there with him as long as he needs them to. This comforted the man much more than the others who attempted to provide comfort. Now, some people are comforted by talking about their problems, while others are comforted by just having someone there with them simply sitting by their side. Regardless, we need to be willing to reach out our hands like Jesus did with Peter. When others are struggling, we need to be friends that comfort them. We need to pull them back into the boat and help guide them to where the wind and waves will be calmed in their lives. You can be that type of friend to others like Jesus was.