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"Oceans" by UNITED

John's Take

I have a weird obsession with all things nautical. Something inside me gravitates towards its imagery. So much so that I have a tattoo on my left forearm of an anchor, cross and heart combined into one as a symbol of faith, hope and love. It’s a great reminder for me every day. So, you can see why when ‘Oceans’ by UNITED came out, I was super stoked.

The song paints a vivid picture of how Peter felt walking on the water in Matthew 14.

22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. 23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.

24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”

27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”

28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

What jumps out to me from this passage is that at first Peter completely trusted Jesus enough to step out of the boat in the middle of a storm! Talk about scary. Peter had no idea what was going to happen but trusted that God would guide his steps. Then, as soon as Peter walked amongst the wind and the waves for a split second, he lost sight of Jesus. He lost sight of the one who was keeping him above the waves and started to sink. But as soon as Jesus came back into Peter’s vision, Peter was saved.

Read this passage ask yourself some tough questions:

  • Am I taking a step of faith towards God’s will for my life?
  • Am I fully trusting Him as I walk on the unknown and dangerous waters?
  • Am I keeping my eyes on Jesus?
  • Am I keeping my gaze above the wind and waves that surround me?

Now, listen to this song. I hope it encourages you!


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"Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)"

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine