Get outta the boat!

I love the story of Jesus walking on water told in Matthew 22. The fact that Jesus walked on water is amazing; however, more so…I love the lesson on remaining faithful that Peter learns through this, that in turn WE can learn through it, as well.

This story, paraphrased in my own words, comes after Jesus feeds 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus then tells his disciples to get into the boat and go out ahead of him, while he stayed back and dismissed the crowds. After this, Jesus went up on the mountain to pray before catching up with his disciples and once he had finished, the boat was a long way from land having been beaten by the waves and wind.

So…Jesus walked on the water out to them.

Having never seen anything like this before, his disciples were startled and thought that he was a ghost. Jesus immediately tells them not to be afraid because it is him. Verse 28 says, “And Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.'”

Jesus said, “Come.”

And what did Peter do? He got outta that boat!

Can you imagine? Waves crashing up onto the sides of your boat…the wind whipping at the sails…it’s dark and you’re scared. You see a figure walking. on. the. water. to you…and he tells you to come out to him. Do you go?

In that moment, Peter shows so much faith! He TRUSTS in Jesus…that it is truly Jesus and that he will protect him. The story continues on about Peter walking on the water to Jesus, but when Peter takes his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink! Peter cries out in verse 30, “Lord, save me.” And Jesus reaches out his hand and pulls him up…saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (verse 31)

Ah. Dagger…

Can you imagine how Peter felt in that moment? What he must have thought?

But, Jesus….I DID have faith…I WAS faithful at first…Ahh…c’mon, Peter, what were you thinking!?

We can learn from Peter. We can be like Peter and learn from his mistakes. We can undoubtedly step. out. in. faith! But…but we cannot doubt Jesus’ guidance and direction once we do it! Once we choose to FOLLOW HIM…we must keep our eyes set on him! Glued to Him! Because Jesus is our light. He is our beacon in the dark. He is the light of the world (John 8:12).

As you all know if you’ve been following and reading my blog, my husband and I stepped out in faith this past year and followed Jesus through the path of foster care and adoption licensing. I am happy to say we are officially licensed and approved and could receive a call at any time for a child.

Over the course of all that we’ve been through the last (almost) 4 years, I have tried so hard to keep my eyes set on Jesus. To hear him leading my way. To feel his guidance in my life. And I have felt a continuous pull at my heart to do “more” with Mess into a Message.

Honestly…I’m not entirely sure what that looks like yet, but God has been opening some doors for me that are leading me to step out in faith with my blog and to see where he leads me. So hear I am, getting outta that boat and announcing that to all of you…which is a bit nerve-wracking!!

So a couple exciting things to share…

As some of you may know, I recently had my first speaking engagement at the beginning of this month, where I was able to share my story with a room full of amazing women with MOPS at First Baptist Church of New Castle, PA. My heart desires to do more of that.

I am also planning to partner with another local blogger starting after Christmas to kick-off a mini-series before the New Year! So many things to be excited about and all because of God’s faithfulness!

One *new* thing I am kicking off is my Facebook page, Mess into a Message! I am so excited for this…and so excited to have you all as a part of it! I am doing a fun Christmas Printable give-away starting now and into next week…so head over to my Facebook page, like it and see what you need to do to enter to win!!
I also now have a Shop page within my blog and have a few printables I’ve designed for sale – take a look and let me know if you have any interest or questions!

Thank you so much to you all for being such faithful readers. I am excited to have you on board as this new chapter unfolds.

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His will, His way…

Lisa

 

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