I'll be honest - I've never really given much attention to the apostle Peter. Not that I've thought poorly of him...he just never really stood out to me. However, this time, in my journey through the New Testament, I am recognizing him as a real person with whom I can identify.
You see, Peter had deep love and enthusiasm for Jesus Christ. He was one of "the three". But, he also struggled with fear. His heart longed for great and courageous experiences, yet, the truth is that what others thought of him and whether he felt able to meet challenges held him back. With Jesus, however, Peter felt compelled and strong enough to walk on water; he felt courageous! So, when Jesus was taken away, in a moment, he sank...fast. It was evident to Peter that alone he was nothing.
Then the Holy Spirit showed up...the life of Christ in spirit-form come to dwell in those who choose to believe-in and live for Christ. THIS he recognized as God's presence with him! Now he had the necessary grace to live the courageous life he'd always wanted; the one he was created to live.
Peter goes on to preach the Gospel with boldness; is used to heal countless infirmities (even by his own shadow); and he is the one to whom it is first revealed that Jesus came for all - Jews and Gentiles alike. Yet, in the midst of the miraculous, he continued to live in awe of what God did around him...like the time he was freed from prison by an angel and thought he was living a dream due to the impossibility of it all. As soon as he understood reality/truth, Peter went on to again proclaim Jesus courageously to as many as he could get to. How beautiful...
I want to be that ordinary. To never forget that I am no different than the next person, aware of my weaknesses, but alive with passion for my Savior with a willingness to go and do as He sends me.