This week I read the account of the Savior walking on water to meeting Peter, and other disciples in their small ship. There was a mass of thoughts that came to mind. As I reflected on them, I came to the conclusion that there is much to be learned from this account. I’ll share a few.
- We learn that Christ ‘bid’ or directed the disciples to the ship and subsequent waters. The account tells us that the ship was in the middle of the sea when it was “tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.” Putting myself in the place of the disciples I would be pretty nervous about the situation, Peter obviously was as well. In the midst of it all, they see a man walking on the sea. I’m confident in saying that prior to this point, I highly doubt any of the men had ever seen a man walking on the sea. The men are scared, thinking that it’s a spirit. Christ calls to them, admonishing them to “be of good cheer.” Peter’s reply is surprising to me, he calls out to the spirit and says “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” I still can’t get over it. In the midst of that situation, such a request is pretty bold. Yet the Savior granted it. I thought of Korihor in Alma 30, he tells Alma (and God) that he won’t believe unless he’s shown a sign. These two stories, at face value, are the same. Both didn’t know, and wouldn’t believe until shown a sign. However, the underlying feelings between these two men are fundamentally different. Korihor made it pretty clear that he didn’t believe, and that perhaps he didn’t want to believe. I think that based on Peter’s history and his demeanor, we can assume Peter wanted to believe. He called on the Savior to help him solidify his testimony of him; that he is the Deliverer, the Life, the Light, the Love.
- Peter, responds to the Savior by stepping out of the boat. He takes a few steps, and takes a moment to look around. He is alarmed by the boisterous winds and begins to sink. What can we learn from this? Keep our eye on the prize, in Peters case it was the Savior, in ours it is the Savior’s sacrifice. Christ calls to Peter and admonishes him to have faith, and remove doubt.
- “And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things.” D&C 88:67. Along those lines, we can see that if we keep our eye single to the glory of God, and not let the distractions in life catch our attention, we, as the scripture says, will be filled with light. The darkness will leave us. We will comprehend all things. What an amazing gift!