I've been a Peter; only less courageous. I've had one foot in the boat and one foot out and I've been consumed by the wind tossing the waves and rain hitting me like sleet threatening my view.
He's invited me to get out of the boat, to believe, and walk through the turbulence, keeping my focus solely on Him, who stands firm in the midst of any storm.
But I confess, I've been paralyzed by an ocean seemingly bigger and more powerful than my little ole' belief.
I've allowed by heart to be troubled. I have feared that if I step out, I will get sucked in by the first crashing wave. I've doubted that if I walk through the turbulence I will actually reach Him; worried that He will have shifted His position and I won't really know where He is. Or worse, I will deny who He is.
I'm disillusioned like the waves surrounding me, blown and tossed by the wind. What can I expect to receive from Him? If I step out, I will surely drown in my doubt.
I've sought out a safe place, but this boat is rocking and it can't save me either.
So, I must go where He leads because if I can't believe in the miracle of walking on water, I'll scramble for anything to save me; and it'll all fail me. The current that sucks one in is too great. He is the only Way.
Lord, help me to see you through the storms of this life. Help me to believe that when you call my name, I can step out, anchored in truth and, with eyes set on you, manage the impossible. Though crashing waves surround me, they will not touch me. They cannot hinder me from reaching You.
It is in my belief in who You say You are and in what You ask of me that makes this ocean, that so easily swallows up, powerless over me.
*How have you been a Peter in your life? Have their been circumstances that caused you to lose focus of Jesus? Have their been storms that have muffled His voice? Where ever you are in your belief, all you have to do is cry out to Him and He will save you!
Matthew 14: 21-34
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