Matthew 14: 25-31
25 And in the Fourth Watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the Disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water.
29 And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
In other devotionals, I believe I’ve written about having the faith and courage to get out of the boat. Tonight, let’s consider the storm.
At the beach last week, I sat in the sand and stared out, as I usually do, at the beautiful water. Sometimes the waves were barely swishing up on to the shore, while other times they were harsh, pushing whatever was in their path, against my legs.
Being only the first part of Spring, the water was still chilly, even in Florida. Since I enjoy “people watching” at the beach also, I noticed this one young girl, probably about, oh anywhere from 9-11 years old, skipping out into the ocean. Her guardian never went out with her, but seemed to be watching her closely. Being a mom, I suppose it was instinctive for me to keep an eye on her as well. She bounced and pounced like Tigger, jumping over the waves and popping up whenever they went over her head. I have to admit, she made me a little anxious because she just kept going further and further out, seemingly fearless and enjoying every minute of it.
I started thinking, how can she and I see the same waves, yet she is willing to plunge on through them and I was hesitant to venture out that far. Was I older and wiser, knowing that an undercurrent could drag one away in a moment? Did she have confidence that she could take whatever came at her and come up standing strong?
As I said, the water was cold, so at first, I wasn’t really willing to dip my toes into it, yet this child showed me, although we live in a cold world, and things come at us from all directions, some seen, others catching us off-guard, with faith in the Lord and our eyes focused on Him, we, as she, can be aware of our surroundings, but they should not dictate our willingness to forge ahead, knowing Jesus is with us, and He will bring us through situations, standing even stronger.
“Waves” will come. Some barely touch us, while others take a greater toll. Spiritual maturity is an asset; however, we need to couple that with the faith of a child, with absolute confidence that wherever those waves may take us, whatever situation we are in, our Father God will shield and protect us.
That girl not went boldly against the waves, but SKIPPED!! Can we find ourselves so delighted in the Lord that we not only try to avoid issues, but carry the magnificent courage to SKIP? Imagine the impact we would make in the lives of others watching us, perplexed at our attitude toward trials! What a testimony to our unwavering faith in the Power of God’s greatness and faithfulness!
Almighty God and Father
Thank You for this day.
Thank You for the rain to water Your earth
Please forgive our sins against You, others and ourselves
Thank You for lessons You provide in even the most unlikely of places
We praise You for Your glorious creation
Please keep our hearts and minds focused on You as You navigate us through this life
To the glorious life You are preparing for us in Paradise
In Jesus Name
Praise You In This Storm
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
This Is My Father’s World
credits: God the Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Scripture
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