“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?” Matthew 14:29-31 (NIV)
Eyes On Me
I’m calling you to come. It’s time to get out of the boat. Step out in faith on the water with me. Leave the comfort and safety of the boat. Let go of what you have always done. I want to do a new thing in and through your life.
Keep your eyes on me. Yes, the wind will blow and the waves will beat against you. Pay no attention to them. Hold on to me as I hold on to you. I will never let you go. You are firmly in my grip.
Take one step at a time with me. You don’t need to know everything about your destination. If you did you might turn back. If you did you might think that you don’t need my help. That seems unlikely to me. Just follow me to where I’m leading you.
Listen to me. Be attentive to my voice. Turn your ears to hear what I am saying to you. Don’t let the noise from the world and the busyness of life drown me out.
Watch everything that I am showing to you. Take time to notice what I want you to see. Keep your eyes open. Don’t race right on by what is important.
Call on me for help. You will not be able to do what I’m asking of you with your own power and strength. You must learn to rely on me and not on yourself.
I have so many questions. I want to know more. I’m excited and can hardly wait for what you are calling me to be and do for you.
Be patient. Don’t race ahead of me and don’t lag behind me. Remain right by my side. I will give you everything you need. I will show you everything you need to see. I will speak to you everything you need to hear.
Ask for everything you need from me. Have faith that I will answer you. Do not doubt or be afraid. I am with you to help you.
Lord, help me to “get out of the boat” to follow and serve you. I will go where you guide me to do all you ask of me. Help me to hold on to you as you hold on to me when the “wind and waves” beat against me in the storms of life. Amen
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