Peter Petrel

There is a family of birds called storm-petrels. They literally tap their feet on top of the water to walk. Although there is no proof, many birders surmise that this pelagic bird was named in a manner after apostle Peter who walked (albeit briefly) on the waters of the Sea of Galilee.

Wilson's Storm-petrel, Oceanites oceanicus, Lo...

Wilson’s Storm-petrel on Gulf Stream off of Hatteras, North Carolina, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Want to see a storm-petrel in action?  Click here.

Another here that will explain why I ALWAYS have a nausea patch behind my ear before letting my feet touch the boat deck.

Scientists believe the petrels dip their feet in order to lure in prey. I’ve seen them do the walk during pelagic trips and they are always amazing to see how delicately they touch down.

Matthew 14:22-33 (NIV)

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

If Jesus called to you, would you walk on water like a Storm-petrel or sink like Peter?

More info about this family of birds

Wilson's Storm-petrel

Wilson’s Storm-petrel (Photo credit: cotinis)

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