Stranger Inspirations.

For the sake of total honesty, I will tell you that I wrote this blog post a while back.  But I have been cleaning off my computer the last few days and I found it and I thought, “Man…I gotta post that!”  That’s how we ended up here.  So enjoy!

February 6th, 2018.

So, today I had a beautifully multicultural experience.  I had to return a U haul truck (that’s not the multicultural part), and that took me to Winston-Salem, NC.  We had picked the truck up yesterday and that is where I first noticed the little coffee/deli/grocery-type joint just down the street.  You may or may not (although may not is unlikely) know that I am an avid fan of the show “Friends”.  Now, riding to the U haul joint that morning my mom had pointed out the park she played at growing up called “Washington Park”.  So as I’m leaving the U haul place, I see a spot called “Washington Perk”.  You see?  You see what they did there?  YAS!  So I knew that when I came back today to deliver the U haul, I would need to hang out here for a bit.

I’m sitting in this little spot, drinking a Clementine Twist Sun Shine, reading Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh, and there’s a Jewish learning center across the street.  Ain’t that fun?

But here is what I wanted to talk about.  At least 87.9% of my blog posts start with something I read and today the thing is this:

“The miracle is not to walk on water.  The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment.”

Here is what I wrote out in the margin of my book:

“The miracle wasn’t that the Son of God walked on water but that the son of man trusted in the moment.”

We often talk about the miracle of walking on water, but why are we shocked that very God of very God could control the water in such a way that caused it to support His body weight.  Is that the real miracle in this story?  Why does that shock us as something that is out of the ordinary?  We also often speak of how disappointing Peter is.  Why couldn’t he trust in Jesus and walk on water.  Wait, you’re missing something because, in my Bible…he did.  

“…So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.”
(Matthew 14:29b, ESV)

I think it is interesting that we judge Peter based solely on the fact that Jesus rebukes him.  Wouldn’t that mean…that we see ourselves as the Jesus character in this story as opposed to the Peter character?  Now, I think none of us would EVER look at this story and explicitly state, “Well, I’m way more like Jesus than Peter!” But isn’t that what we’re saying every time we judge Peter instead of realizing that in the moment, when it mattered, Peter did as Jesus commanded.  Peter had the trust to step out of the boat just because Jesus said one word, “Come”.  

That we would all have the faith of Peter!  That we would respond to His one-word commands, and also, the two-word commands He gives:

Be His.

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