There Are Two Basic Motivators In Life, inspiration and desperation. I don’t really know which was behind Peter’s request that night long ago when he cried, “Lord if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” I don’t know if it was the sight of his Savior that inspired Peter’s request, or if it was desperation from the fear of the storm or the figure approaching across the water. Either way, Peter’s words are clearly a plea from his heart for reassurance that God was part of the picture in that moment.
We do the same thing in our lives: we call out to God. Sometimes it is out of inspiration, because God moves on our hearts to call to Him so He will be able to reveal Himself to us in the events of our lives. Other times we call out of desperation, because we frantically need to know that we are not alone; we need reassurance that a much bigger, wiser, and more powerful Being is present in the midst of our anxiety and fear. No matter the motivation for our cry, God’s answer is always the same: He says, “Come.” Then, when our human attempt to reach Him fails and once again we cry out, this time in fear for our lives, He reaches out His hand and catches us. His words ring in our ears: “Take heart; It is I. Do not be afraid.” Perfect Love removes all fear.