“So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus”(Matthew 14:29).
I am changed.
I have been through some stuff lately that I can’t even bear to talk about, but yes, it has changed me.
I have had to let go of things that have hurt me deeply. The kind of hurt that centers in your core and takes your breath away.
And I won’t ever be the same.
Oh, yes, I believe in restoration and healing, but some things that happen to us, change us forever.
But maybe that isn’t a bad thing. Nothing, and I mean nothing, the enemy tries to take away from us, will be lost forever.
Restoration is coming….deliverance is coming…..healing is coming.
See Jesus walking on the water to your storm tossed boat.
My very foundation has been shaken to the core but I surrender it all to Him.
He is there in the darkness,
in the sad and lonely,
and in pictures of our lives changing to a sad distortion of what we once knew.
How would we even survive this world without Him. If you haven’t chosen Him as your Savior, whatever do you do with your fear and pain? How do you find peace?
We all can get distracted, especially when the storms of life rage around us.
It’s not easy to keep your eyes on Jesus in the middle of the night, when fear threatens to overwhelm you.
Very often our purest vision of Jesus comes when the storms of life threaten to capsize the tiny boat of our faith.
I love the scene in the movie Shack, where Mac is in the little boat out on the lake and his fears take over. The boat is capsizing to a ravaging black monster of fear that seems very real to Mac and water is pouring in……but then through the raging noise around him He hears Jesus yelling at him, “Mac, Mac, look at Me, look at Me!!! It took a while for Mac to look up and see Jesus…but, oh, when he did, the deception of fear disappeared….and he reached out and took the hand of Jesus and stepped out of the boat with Him on the water.
I hear quite often, “Dixie, look at Me!!! Dixie, look at me, look at me!! Take my hand.”
The wind always blows around us. The mighty storms come sooner or later. We have no choice or control over when the storm comes.
Today the sun may be shining;
tomorrow we may find ourselves toiling against the wind and rain, tossed about by adversity. Life can turn on a dime. We all know that.
What happened to Peter can happen to any of us. And most likely will.
For a brief moment, Peter forgets about Jesus and remembers who he is and where he is. He is Peter, a Galilean fisherman who belongs back in the boat. In that instant he looks down at his feet and sees nothing but water underneath. His mind comes to a quick conclusion:
“I’m not supposed to be walking on this water; this is impossible.”
When he lost his concentration on Jesus, he began to sink.
The lesson is clear for all of us.
Pray for “concentrating faith.”
For eyes that see beyond the present.
Lean into Him with all your focus and might.
You can survive any storm if you keep your eyes on Jesus.
Lord Jesus, help me to walk on the waters of faith because you can calm every storm.