Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Take a Step Out of the Boat

This weekend we went to see The Son of God (the movie, that is). I highly recommend it (even though I think it was all the cut scenes from last year's The Bible). 

There is something about seeing the words on the pages of the bible come to life; something about seeing the life of our Savior depicted on a big screen. I saw a lot of things differently, and a lot of things more clearly, more deeply.

One of my favorite scenes was when the disciples (and Mary) were in the boat during a storm, on their way to Gennesaret. They looked up and thought they saw a ghost. Of course, it was Jesus, who beckoned Peter to come to Him. Peter, who was so zealous for the Lord, started to climb out of the boat. He had faith enough to believe that if he climbed out of the boat onto, not into the water, that he, like Jesus could walk on the water. He didn't think he was like Jesus; rather, his belief was so strong that His Lord would not let any harm come to him, that it over-rode his common sense. Anyone knows that if you climb out of a boat, you will sink, not magically walk on top. But if Peter's Lord could do it, and beckoned Peter to come to Him, then surely he would be safe. It almost seemed as if Peter didn't stop to think logically; he just went with what He believed. It wasn't until he looked down that he began to sink. He looked down. He doubted. His faith faltered. But Jesus saved him anyway. You of little faith, why did you doubt? (Matt 14:31)


How many times have we doubted? We might get "faith-filled" and attempt to step out of the boat. We trust that God will be there for us; we have heard Him beckon, "Come." (Matt 14:29). We truly believe. We step out of the boat, even though it doesn't make sense. At first, it feels strange...unnatural...but we continue on. Then the storm increases, and we become afraid. We take our eyes off our Lord, the only one who can supernaturally solve our problem and keep us safe. We start to sink. We feel as if we are going to drown. What happened? You of little faith, why did you doubt?

Why indeed? Why do we doubt? Oftentimes, we listen to others...well intentioned people, maybe even believers who, like satan, say, "Did God really say that?" Our faith erodes a little. Once that little fracture is there, the enemy seizes the opportunity to zoom in and cause more doubt...until we look down.

It's hard to have faith sometimes, yet so simple. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus and not listen to anyone else. If the Lord has told you something that may seem, in the natural, unlikely or impossible, yet you believe, don't listen to your friends, family or well-meaning bloggers. Listen only to the voice of God. Do not be swayed. Do not look down. Walk on the water!

Blessings Along the Path,
Mary

Walk on the Water (Britt Nicole)

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