Every summer I get the opportunity to spend a week with some incredible middle school students. It’s pretty smelly, really exhausting, and this year full of students who were losing teeth.
While I’m there, in the middle of the stench of 4-day old middle school t-shirts, I feel like more often than not they teach me more than I teach them. This summer was no exception.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
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.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
After reading that passage, one of my co-leaders asked a crew of 6th grade students (11 year old girls) what they felt like they could learn from reading it. One girl raised her hand and what she said rivals any theology class I ever took.
“I think if anyone walks on water, they are probably worth following.”
I don’t feel like I have anything to add to that.