27 But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
28 "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."
29 "Come," he said.
We all know what happened next, Peter failed. Well, not exactly. He did walk on water. It was only when he took his eyes off Jesus that he began to sink; but, Jesus caught him, and didn't let him go under.
We are stepping out of the boat as well.
Most of you know that Mocha-Momma was filling in as the church secretary after the associate pastor who had been doing all the office work left. It was a temporary fix until a new person was hired; and, since MM was on summer break from her job at the elementary school, pastor asked if she would fill in.
It turned out that, for many reasons, MM loved it. When time came to apply for the position, we prayerfully considered all the implications that would come with her taking the job, and decided to have her go for it. She did apply and interview; although, in the back of her mind, she thought someone would come along better qualified who would get it. Well, she was wrong.
Pastor called her on Sunday night and offered the position to her. It was a unanimous choice by the selection committee. Oh my, we were still sitting in the boat, looking at the benefits of stepping out in faith, but also seeing the dangers that came along with it (i.e. financial ramifications). Now, we had to make the decision. Well, we're taking the step.
MM accepted the position, and put in her notice at the school. That was one of the hardest parts of this, the timing. Getting offered the position two days prior to school starting was not the best scenario. She had attended training sessions last week, and knowing that she couldn't say anything yet to her boss and co-workers was hard. She did tell them yesterday, and evidently none of them took it very well.
The hard, cold, fact of the matter is this though---we feel strongly this was a door opened by God; we feel it is the culmination of a long, hard summer of lessons that God had been working on us; and, we feel that this is a test of faith, and as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus, we will also walk on water, in spite of all the circumstances that are going on around us.