Revisiting: Get Out of the Boat! 

It is early morning here and I successfully made it through day one of my art show.  There were many moments when I was sure I couldn't last another moment, but prayer and family support got me through.  As I come to the last day of the show, I am trusting God to get me through.  This is scary for me, as I've not done anything like this for so long.  But I am halfway there.  This seemed like a good verse for posting today.  God Bless!

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NIV)

“You do know, ya got to get out of the boat to walk on water.”  

Wow.  I recently “overheard” this comment in a chatroom.  It was a conversation that I was not directly participating in, but boy-oh-boy did it hit home! I know when I think about the incident in Scripture where Peter tries to walk on water, I am usually focusing about the part that tells us how he took his eyes off of Jesus and began to sink.  I have always thought that was the “moral” to the story.  But after hearing this, I began to wonder.  What courage it must have taken Peter to get out of the boat in the first place!

I know that God doesn’t hit me over the head with something just for the fun of it.  There is most always some kind of application in my life.  Am I too settled into my nice little boat of chronic illness, into my routine, to even think of getting out of that boat?  Am I too afraid to go out into the unknown, trusting Jesus to hold me up?

I’m thinking you all can probably guess the answer to that question.  God has shown me several open doors lately.  I look out of them half-heartedly and then tell myself, “But with my health, I couldn’t possible do that!”  And then I settle comfortably back into that safe little boat.

I realize I have to make a concerted effort to make sure I don’t make my illnesses my identity.  I am deni – and I happen face physical challenges.  I am not those challenges! 

So many times, God calls us to take that first step, whether it is acknowledging our need for Him (“I am thine, Lord – Save me” Psalm 119:94 KJV), asking for help, (“You have not because you ask not” James 4:2), thinking I can’t go through those opened doors (“Oh, ye of little faith” Matthew 8:26), or taking that courageous step out of that safe little boat.

Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  I think maybe it is time for me to step out of the boat.  Anyone care to join me?  

Father God, I pray you grant us the courage to face the things you have put in front of us with faith and perseverance.  Help us not to settle for a small life, but one in which we take advantage of every door you open for us - showing the courage of Peter in stepping out of our comfortable little boats.  Amen and amen.

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(Reprint from Rest Ministries, 2009)

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