As we are preparing for the 2016 camping season, I have decided to add a new experience to our outdoor ministry program. Throughout this year, at the first and the middle of the month, I am going to write a couple of paragraphs on a reflection to share with everyone. Some will be from our curriculum, some will come from experiences and they will reflect upon this year’s theme, “Fearless Faith”. I hope to bring a little piece of the camp experience to everyone, I believe the camp ministry can be life changing, so my hope is maybe people will be able maybe get a small glimpse of camp and retreat ministry.
The scripture I have chosen for our opening reflection is from the gospel of Matthew 14:22-33. Please take a minute and read the scripture before continuing on. This is the story of Jesus walking on the water. This scripture is very rich and meaningful, but I want to focus on just a couple of points for us to reflect on. The first is when Peter recognizes Jesus and he asks Jesus to call him, Peter to step out. When we think about Fearless Faith, imagine the faith that it must have taken for Peter to take the first step. The second reflection is that as soon as Peter is out of the boat and the water gets a little rough, he begins to sink, but Jesus is there for him.
As we think and pray about this story and our faith, I would like to pose two questions for us to ponder. The first is, how much faith it would take for us to step out of the boat of comfort, to be truly fearless with our faith. The second is to trust in Jesus, to have the faith to that we will not sink, God is with us and will be there in our time of faith and in doubt.
Please take a few minutes in the next few weeks to think about what boat you might being called to step out of, to take a step in faith. Know that if you are being called to step out in Fearless Faith, God will be with you.