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Ready To Walk On Water?

I love Peter's experience of walking on the roaring sea with Jesus. But the thing is, Peter's story is often misunderstood. Do you have a step you need to take?

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Dear Peter (An Open Letter To Thrivers Everywhere)

Dear Peter,

 

As I sit here today with a cup of hot coffee in hand, I wish you were here sitting right beside me. Peter, I wish we could have this conversation face-to-face so that I could hear the pitch of your voice, see the spark in your eyes and finally understand. Perhaps I would see for myself what drove you to take the step you did that changed my perception of Jesus altogether.

 

You may not be here Peter, but your story is. Your words remain swirling in my heart.

 

Jesus called.

You moved.

Faith walked.

You wrote.

God delivered.

God continues.

You see Peter, your words grabbed me many years ago. Your story not only found its way into my teenage heart, but I had it tattooed on my ankle in college (a really cute guy may or may not have been involved with this event – and this said cute guy may or may not be my current husband).

 

But Peter, your story brought me purpose. You inspired me to live life outside of myself, to take risks, to live life to the fullest and focus on what is most important. All of these traits are great too by the way.

 

But all of these years I completely misunderstood your words. I missed the point behind your experience that night.

 

About a year ago today, I found myself questioning where I was headed in my life. The very destination I thought God was allowing me to cross disappeared in a whirlwind of physical challenges and major life changes. The finish line I literally saw within my reach, never came. The entire course changed. I stopped running because, honestly, I had nowhere to run to.

 

Life just stopped.

 

In the chase for achievement, I lost myself. I felt so completely devastated, confused, stuck but wanting to run forward to anything that wanted me.

 

Nothing seemed right.

Nothing brought peace.

I struggled just looking at God’s Word. I wanted to believe He was speaking, but everything felt dead inside.

 

Peter, it was right in the middle of all this uncertainty that God brought me back to your story through His Word. (Matthew 14:22-33)

 

Peter, you knew the sea of Galilee like the back of your fisherman’s hand. This was your world. You were born to live on the sea and you were good at it.

 

Yet, when Jesus told you to board the boat and cross over to the other side that evening, you listened to Him without question.

 

As the storm clouds came rolling in, you pushed through relying on your skill and knowledge of the sea. After hours of fighting, you and the others were soaked, tired and hopeless. Yet, you never abandoned ship. Peter, you never gave-up on the reality that Jesus had a purpose for you being here for this very moment. You continued to do what you were told as you waited for Him in the storm. I admire that about you Peter.

 

When everyone on board feared a ghost, Peter you saw Jesus. You couldn’t hold your excitement inside. You cried out to Jesus, drowning out the roar of the waves.

 

You heard His voice, the same voice that hours earlier told you to board the very boat that was now barely making it over the waves.

 

Peter, you saw the Carpenter’s hands that many knew could build this boat, but Peter you believed He could steer it safely to shore.

 

You saw more in Jesus.

Jesus saw more in you too Peter.

 

You may not have understood Who this Jesus truly was, but you knew at that moment He was worth being close to. In the middle of the storm, you knew your life, your understanding, your skill and your dreams were over. As you saw Jesus on the waves, nothing mattered more than just being with Him. It wasn’t a mission, a ministry or even a calling. Being with Jesus was just life.

 

All of you simply needed to be with all of Him. Period.

 

Somehow, I missed that. Somehow I thought this whole walking on water thing was about me, chasing what God wanted me to do with my life. It was about me, stepping out in faith, one shaking step after another. It was about me trying not to make the next big mistake

 

But Peter, you showed me that walking on water is recognizing Who Jesus is (therefore acknowledging who I’m not) and simply wanting to be with Him.

 

It’s hearing His voice among the crashing waves.

It’s believing in Him to keep me safe.

It’s willingly and joyfully handing my life over to Him trusting in His plan over my own.

It’s about taking the next best step with Him.

It’s wholehearted all-out living in the here and now.

It’s surrendering what was, letting go of what could be in exchange for who He says I am right now.

 

Peter, you allowed Jesus to call you away from everything you knew so He could love you into everything He made you to be. 

 

Peter, because of you, God has finally been able to still my heart from wanting to do more. In fact, the past few months, I’ve found myself in deep conversations with my Abba, even losing track of time while in His Word. In the same place that was dead inside, He has made alive with new Truth and a new identity that allows me to be loved and live loved. 

 

“Thrive” for me has completely been redefined and I can’t wait to share more.

 

So thank you Peter for showing me that walking on water has nothing to do with walking out who you believe you are. It’s about being willing to take that next best step to allow Jesus to be all He has promised to be.

 

More to come soon!

 

Dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!

 

In HIM,

Bethany

About the Author Bethany

Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a wife to Steve and a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always – dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!

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13 comments
DIANNA DIGIACOMA says November 6, 2017

uh…yes…this was a word in God’s Time for me. Thank you Bethany for sharing this. I am in the exact place you were and find myself striving to row against those monstrous waves, trying to go in my own power. Trust is not easy for me. So thank you for reminding me to be still in the storms of life. To listen for God’s still, small voice that calls me out of the discomfort of my own struggles and into the comfort of His arms.

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    Bethany says November 7, 2017

    Dianna,
    I am SO glad you can relate and let me tell ya, I have some trust issues myself too. Even today I caught myself trying to rely on my own strength rather than trusting God to show me my value in Him (not on what I can do). You encourage me friend! Glad you are here!

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SUSAN SHIPE says November 7, 2017

Oh girl, you nailed it. I am ecstatic for and with you.

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    Bethany says November 7, 2017

    Susan,
    I love seeing you here and THANK YOU for your agreement and encouragement!

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Janet Shelton says November 8, 2017

So encouraging to remember that Jesus is all that we need. As I wonder on what is next or if I am doing enough. Jesus says here I am. Follow me

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    Bethany says November 8, 2017

    Janet,
    I smiled when I read your comment sweet friend! Isn’t it hard to really live out the Truth that Jesus is enough? For me, it seems so easy to read those words and even write this Truth – but to live it out really takes keeping my mind and heart on Christ. So glad you are here!

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Maggie says November 8, 2017

This is beautifully written and so inspiring. I’m sorry for your pain but I thank you for sharing it with us so we can be encouraged. Don’t ever stop… you are going to continue to help so many. God bless you, Bethany!

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Anita Ojeda says November 8, 2017

What beautiful lessons you have learned, my friend! It’s good to see you again!

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Emily Susanne says November 8, 2017

Wow, this is beautiful! Peter’s story has been a huge help for me in overcoming anxiety. Thank you for sharing your testimony. Life really is all about staying close to Him!

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Gayl says November 8, 2017

“But Peter, you showed me that walking on water is recognizing Who Jesus is (therefore acknowledging who I’m not) and simply wanting to be with Him.” This is really the heart of our life’s journey, is it not? We just need to keep our eyes on Him with trust and love. Blessings to you, Bethany!

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