“But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”” (Matthew 14:27-28)
Water here symbolizes uncertainty. We walk on solid ground, or anything else that can reassure each step that we take. Jesus, my Lord, tells Peter to take courage. Take courage, because it’s Jesus. Wherever Jesus is, courage is, because nothing is impossible to Christ who is indwelled by God.
Peter wanted to build on that courage and test it. For Peter, Jesus’ presence wasn’t enough. He could have tested the presence of Jesus, the presence of God, and said “Lord, I am coming to you”. But instead, he wanted to hear it from Jesus’ mouth, that he too can walk on water. It’s like saying “Let me try it”, knowing that everything that Jesus has ever said had come true.
With Jesus, we can walk on uncertainty, because his presence is our courage. Like a child feels strong in the presence of his father, so are we in the presence of our Father God, through Christ Jesus our Lord.