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In today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 14, Jesus is walking on the water. What would you think if you were out in a boat and you saw someone walking toward you – on the water? You’d probably think you were seeing a ghost. The disciples of Jesus did.

When Jesus tells them it is He, Peter tells Jesus to “command me to come to you on the water.” Jesus replies with one word, “Come.” That’s pretty rudimentary, wouldn’t you say? No long explanations about how to walk on water, no extra words of encouragement, nothing. Just one word. “Come.”

Have you ever asked God to give you direction? Most of us have, and do regularly. Wouldn’t it be nice if God gave us step by step, detailed directions on everything? But that’s not usually how God operates. Most often it will be a sense, or a gentle nudge in a direction. When that direction draws us closer to Jesus, then we know we’re headed in the right direction. Can you hear Him? “Come.”

Father, help us to hear the voice of Christ, telling us to come. May we always be moving closer to Him. Amen.

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