And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. Matthew 14:29 (NASB)
Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
The song Playing in the Rain has new meaning when it comes to life support.
I know a lot of people recognize fishing as a hobby and particularly relaxing and not necessarily a sustaining meal providing activity; let alone something that one would risk his/her life doing in extremely violent storms. I would beg to differ.
As I contemplate the significance of this article, I will try to correlate the pleasantries between life’s storms and the enjoyment of activities that HAVE to be done. Using metaphors to represent obligations and responsibilities as well as conditions and extenuating circumstances, I will attempt to illustrate my point.
There are times when we cannot postpone, suspend or delay for another moment our obligations, especially those that we have been called to do.
Compelled by a higher source to ‘get the job done’, we must prevail and maintain the course of action outlined for us by the Master-no matter the condition of the weather or the extended forecast.
Fishing in the storm but…
It is intriguing to some, I would imagine, as they give witness to the expressions of joy that dawn the faces of those engaged in their ‘call of duty’; even though the activities may appear to be chancy, overbearing, time consuming, and beneath one’s status and without financial benefit. Little do they, the outsiders, know the workers engaged have already been prepared, way before they knew it.
How is it that we find ourselves working the plan and then all of a sudden we have slipped and fallen way off track?
It still baffles me, yet the answer is right there before us in plain sight. However, we see it as an aberration, a spirit, a total figment of our imagination – and yet it is so real!
It’s like the story of The Angel and Balaam’s Donkey – how difficult it is for us to believe what we can’t see.
“When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand, the donkey turned off from the way and went into the field; but Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back into the way. Numbers 22:23 (NASB)
What seems to happen to us to cause us to fall–if you will- is that we take our eyes off the Prize. The Prize in this context is the main purpose for our life in our enteral home. Our eyes are our total commitment to serving God.
It’s really not that problematic to understanding what happens when we lose our focus. Remember the story concerning Peter when he stepped out of the boat (Matthew 14:30)? “But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Yep, how soon we forget, quicker than a snow flake smelts when it hits a camp fire!
When moments challenge your needs to serve, remember the words to this song:
Peter don’t, don’t be afraid, afraid; walk out on the water, don’t be afraid. There comes a time in our lives when we experience fright, we can’t help but be afraid. Just keep your eye on the light, shining there in the night, He controls the winds and waves. (and I know if He can control the angry sea, I’m a witness, He can fix whatever’s troubling me,) Peter don’t be afraid.
WHEN GOD CONTROLS IT, HE CONTROLS IT ALL!