The Bold & The Brave | Peter
What an exciting series this has been! We have loved journeying with you through the boldest and bravest characters in the Bible - from Moses to Esther, Solomon to Caleb, and now Peter - we are deeply encouraged and challenged by the resolve and unwavering trust these figures shown.
We're delighted to share the final post from one of our Stateside sisters on living with boldness through love, stepping out onto the waters with our fixed on Jesus and seeing the impossible become possible. LOVE this. MP team x
When I first started crushing on my husband, he was all I could think about. Before we would hang out, the excitement and anxiousness in my heart would nearly overtake me. And when we were together, I was GIDDY. We would hardly look at the waiter when he would come to take our order, and when we went out in public I’m sure we bumped into a few people because we couldn’t take our eyes off one another (ok that’s a little dramatic, but you get the point).
Matthew 14:22-33 tells a similar story:
"Jesus’ disciples had gotten in a boat that was being 'beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them.' In the night Jesus came towards them, walking on the sea! They were terrified thinking It was a ghost, but then Jesus spoke saying “take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
Imagine being terrified and then hearing the voice of the one who you love. SO incredibly sweet.
"Peter replies, 'Lord if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’
He said, ‘Come.’
Peter JUMPED out of the boat and walked on water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord save me.’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’”
I can only imagine how Peter felt. He heard the voice of the One he loved and couldn’t even WAIT for Jesus to get to the boat. He asked the Lord to call him out. With excitement in his heart, he boldly JUMPED out of the boat to get to Him. Peter accomplished something supernatural because his gaze was on Jesus and he STEPPED OUT into the unknown. Boldness through love. Love made him brave.
When he looked at the waves, he began to sink. Yet when his eyes were focused on Love, he was empowered to do the 'impossible.'
I married Cal on August 13, 2016, a long-awaited day that had been prayed for and prepared for. I knew well before that day that I wanted to worship during the ceremony. There was something significant to me about laying aside every expectation for that day and refocusing on what/who it was truly about: my first Love, Jesus, and His heart for marriage.
I can't tell you how excited I was for this. Right up until the night before at the rehearsal, I began to fear what others would think of me, thinking “Riley, this is SO weird. People are going to be so freaked out and it’s going to be really awkward.” I found myself faced with a decision, 'would I compromise and change my mind? Was the voice of the enemy loud enough that I would be distracted and take my eyes off of the one who had essentially called me out into the water? Or would I choose to war in boldness through love just as Peter did when he stepped onto the water, eyes fixed on Jesus, taking captive of the thoughts bombarding his mind?"
The time came for my daddy to walk me down the aisle. As he gave me away to my groom, I handed my flowers off to my sister and the musicians began to play. Fear and anxiousness arose in my heart as I could feel the stares on my back. Slowly, I exhaled, focused my eyes on my Beloved Jesus, and I could breathe.
At that moment, every fear left as my eyes met His.
Encountering Him like never before, I stretched out my arms and saw Him walk out of the vineyards and stand in front of me. He placed a veil on my head and as He did, the fabric of LIGHT sweetly flowed out behind me like a curtain and veiled me from my guests, my wedding party, and even my groom. It was just He and I.
Looking into His eyes of Love, nothing else mattered. When I stepped out in boldness, He encountered me. He was already there, I just said had to say “YES”. For me, stepping out in boldness looked like honouring The King above all else even if it was a little bit weird or uncomfortable for my wedding guests.
He makes us brave. He makes us bold. His grace empowers us to do what we otherwise could not do. JUMP out of the boat with your eyes on Him, focus your gaze on Love and find Love, Peace and Hope itself in the midst.
I think Hebrews 12:1-3 is best said in TheMessage:
"Do you see what this means - all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running – and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now He’s there, in the place of honour, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story gain, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!"
Born and raised in San Angelo, Texas, the beautiful Riley is wife to Cal and mummy to baby Rowen. When she's not busy being supermom, Riley is involved in the worship team at her home church and has been a guest speaker frequently at different conferences in San Angelo. Riley has an eye for excellent design, good planning and decorating, and a heart for healthy relationships centred on Jesus.