But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. Matthew 14:24-33
So, you decided to step off of the boat and do the impossible! All of your friends remain in the boat, watching as you begin your walk. They offer no encouragement and no cheers but your excitement has motivated you to move forward. You are amazed that you are doing the impossible but you are confronted with thoughts; ones that cause you to question your decision. In an instant, you begin to sink; you are consumed and overwhelmed by the weight of your actions. The others’ decision to stay in the safety of the boat is confirmed as you sink. No one comes to your rescue. You are left calling on the Infinite to save you; arms stretched out, surrendering to the One that called you out of the boat. God takes your hand and restores your life. As you rest safely on the boat and see the looks of contempt from your friends, you smile, excited to pursue the impossible once again.
It is amazing how many dreams don’t get realized because we are afraid to pursue them. We would rather take the safe bet, than risk “losing it all.” I believe most of us realize that “playing it safe” won’t get us to where we want to be but somehow, we are okay with that. We don’t want to leave a sure thing for an uncertain thing. There comes a time when you have to make a decision, if you are willing, to do the impossible or to watch others do it. The choice is yours. You own it. We all have things that we want to do but our thoughts and fears stop us from doing them. We get so consumed with trying not to “rock the boat” that we lose sight of what is outside of it.
There are “seeds” of greatness within you and they are watered by your faith and courage. When you decided to pursue your dreams, your “seeds” start to take root in you. The adversity that comes after that does not prevent you from reaching your dreams but it actually expedites the process. Don’t worry about who is watching you, just live. Make choices, make mistakes and surrender them both to God. In the end, it is God that performs in us. God moves in us in a way that shines a light on those who are watching us. We don’t have to convince anyone of our gifts and God’s presence in our lives, we just have to choose to come to God as we are; He will get us to where we need to be.
When we look at the obstacles that surround us, it makes the impossible that must harder to reach. When we surrender to God, we no longer look to reach the impossible in our own strength but in God. You can do the impossible! Trust God by giving your life to Him and watch the waves recede in His presence. This will allow the impossible to be your new reality!