A favorite passage of Scripture for many is Jesus walking on the water in Matthew 14:22-33:
He was walking on the lake, and they thought he was a ghost.
They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” [that would be Peter]
Seconds later after Peter had actually walked on water and began to sink, Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
“You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
My wife tells the story of her and her girlfriend swimming at a public pool. They too truly believed that they could walk on water and took turns demonstrating their “faith.”
Then my wife’s friend said, “you don’t really believe, do you?”
“Why not?” she asked.
“Because you’re holding your nose!”
Faith is a difficult thing to teach and an even more difficult thing to learn. Why? Because we’re so hard headed. And even though we believe that the God of the entire Universe is on our side and cheering us on, it’s hard to articulate why we can’t trust him.
Usually, though, the “faith thing” comes in bits and spurts. Normally we aren’t asked to do extraordinary things for God. Instead, He encourages us to take small steps of faith. Baby steps, if you will.
So, let me ask you, when was the absolute last time you took a step of faith for God? Ask God to help you take those itty bitty steps of faith regularly and watch your faith grow strong!
Oh, and be careful not to hold your nose. It’s only a small step but it will reap great rewards.