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Leaving the Boat

I love the story described in Matthew’s Gospel (14:22-33) of Peter stepping out of the boat in response to Jesus’ command, “Come”. It is a dramatic climax in response to fear, anxiety and uncertainty. I have often thought of this in light of my own call experiences.

He, Qi. Calling Disciples, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity LibraryToday’s biblical lectionary passages include two other “boat stories” that sit in stark contrast to one another.

Jonah had to be thrown out of the boat, and struggles to the very end to let go of his self interest and pride.

By contrast, Simon, Andrew and the Zebedee brothers asked no questions, offered no excuses or resistance, leaving everything behind, followed when Jesus called.

How will you leave the boat when God calls? Before you answer, think about the fact that it’s not just your life which is transformed. You want to make a difference in the world – your town or the global village? If these stories are any indication, getting out of the boat with Christ just might be a good place to start.

 

Image: He, Qi. Calling Disciples, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.  http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=46099 [retrieved January 22, 2012].

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