In the 1960s there was an experiment called “The Visual Cliff Experiment.” You can watch it here but the gist of it is, that a baby would be placed on a surface where half of it appeared solid and the other half appeared as though nothing was there. The surface had plexi-glass on one side and they had babies crawling across the surface toward their mommies.
Babies aren’t stupid. The could see that there was nothing in front of them and would not crawl across. But if the mommy was encouraging them with verbal cues and facial expressions, the baby would crawl across knowing that his or her mommy wouldn’t let them get hurt.
When I picture this, I think of the story of Jesus walking on water. Peter see Jesus.. Jesus tells Peter to get out of the boat and Peter starts walking on water as well. If Jesus had said nothing, Peter would not have gotten out of the boat.
There are times in life when we need encouragement. It may seem that we can’t get to where we want to go, but you can. You just need someone to tell you to get out of the boat.
May you find words of encouragement today so that you can be the person God calls you to be.
Until Everyone Hears,
I'm good at getting out of the boat, but I keep getting back in.