Of course, in Israel, where Jesus was living, this is NOT what Jesus was walking on. Jesus was walking on the "open" water -- with a storm going on around him. Our Scripture readings this morning are Genesis 45, where Joseph is explaining to his brothers God put him in Egypt "So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God." (vs. 8), and Matthew 14 where Jesus is feeding people, praying and walking on the water to "catch up" with the Disciples. "Early in the morning," "shortly before dawn," "about 3:00 in the morning" (vs. 25) - depending on which translation you use but know the boat was "a considerable distance from land buffed by the waves because the wind was against it." (vs. 24 NIV)
We know this, like the parables last week, because we have heard it before. I, personally, love Peter because he does (and says) things before he really thinks about it. It seems to me there a lot of "Peters" in this world -- probably me included! This is what Peter does again now, vs 28, "if it is you tell me to come." Now what we need to realize here is Peter "walked on the water" (vs. 29)! It is when "he sees the wind" (vs 30) that he starts to sink. I, again personally, think he 'saw the waves and felt the wind' but no matter which way it happened the world intruded into what Peter was doing. I like how one commentator I read spoke of Peter's failing nerves because human perceptions overcome his believes.
Where are we in this? Are we part of the crowd Jesus fed - Spiritually, mentally (teachings) and physically - who have gone home? Are we the Disciples, sitting in the boat "terrified"? (vs 26) Are we one of the "other" Disciples - sitting in the boat watching Peter and wondering 'you are going to do what? Or, like Peter, have we gotten "out of the boat and walked on the water" (vs. 29)? One thing I do know -- if you are going to walk on water (even if it is ice!) you have to get OUT of the boat.