Fresh Hope – Day 105

Sometimes, we desperately want to step out and do something new; something that will excite us, something that will take us beyond the norm of our everyday lives.

It’s called a step of faith.

We put our one leg out of the boat of familiarity and step onto the calm waters of our next big venture.

All is well, if not somewhat scary, as we lift the other leg over the side of the boat and plant it firmly onto the lake of the unknown.

This water-walking step of faith is going so well and we sense that we are breaking new ground.

But, in a moment of fear, our natural mind kicks in.

Hang on a bit… I’m not supposed to be walking on water.

These are real waves lapping around my feet, and isn’t that the sound of howling wind blowing through my hair?

HELP… I’m beginning to sink.

I didn’t sign up for sinking, only walking on water.

When Peter asked Jesus one day if he could walk to Him on the water, he was immediately met with a resounding ‘COME.’

So why did Peter have this sinking feeling if Jesus had already said that it’s ok to step out of the boat?

The answer was quite simple and explains why many of us never set foot on any great adventures of faith ever again…

He took his eyes off Jesus and began to see the waves.

Those waves are waves of doubt, waves of fear, waves of unbelief, and waves of ‘I’m not supposed to do this.’

Whenever you get a green light from Jesus, but then begin to sink, simply ask yourself, ‘What am I looking at? The waves, or the water-walker… Jesus?’

Remember, every time you take a step of faith, you will always be met with the wind and the waves of doubt.

The great news to start your day is this… Jesus reached out His hand and held Peter up.

Today, if you’ve got that sinking feeling, don’t despair, He’s reaching out His hand to you – take it.

Matthew 14:28-33 NIV

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Remember, when you step out into unknown territory, you risk sinking… but, you also risk walking on water.

Pastor Mark

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