Tuesday, July 5, 2011

the waves.

When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said.“Take courage. I am here!”
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.  But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”  
Matthew 14:26-31

I become so distracted by fretting over the waves threatening to drown and overpower me that I forget the One who is more than able.  Why do I tear my gaze from Jesus' face and focus instead on the stormy waves?  Why do I lose my courage so easily?  Why do I forget so easily?

I will not fret.  And I will not make my calculations without God.  I will fix my eyes on Jesus and I will not spend all my time worrying over circumstances and problems that are too complicated for me to fix. I will not allow the worries of life to rob me of the peace and joy that can be found in knowing and trusting God.

A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said.

Moved with compassion,Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!”

Mark 1:40-41

He is willing to heal me.  He is willing and able!  Amen.

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