I never tried entering any writing contests because of fear. So I am very anxious for my first devotion writing contest for COMPEL. I don’t expect to win. I am excited I made the first step on conquering my fear, and I wanted to share it with you. What will your leap of faith be for this week?
“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Matthew 14:30 (NIV)
My husband called and told me he quit his job. My heart sank. I fell to my knees and everything around me began to spin. He pulled the plug and there is no turning back, the reality whispered. We only found our comfortable spot a few months ago. Paid debt and family fun money just appeared in our budget. A million questions flooded through the worry-side of my brain.
Would we lose the house?
What if we run out of money for food?
What if we fail?
In the moment of panic, I know what I should do; steady my eyes on Jesus, cast all my worries onto him, and pray for courage. As much as I want to tell my family and friends I do the right motions as a Christian, I’m failing. I’m sinking in the water just as Peter did when he stepped off the boat. As it states in Matthew 14:30 (NIV), “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
God called to my husband to leave his secure job to work at home. He had no clear instructions on how to make money, but trusted God with all his might. He heard the call from God and jumped. How often do we follow with no other questions hanging around?
God calls us to test our faith in Him. No matter how big the plunge or how impossible the situation might seem, we are supposed to follow and trust that God will provide.
We often think of Peter as stepping off the boat and sinking, with a limited amount of faith. How many of us stay in the boat and keep our feet from getting wet? Peter took the leap of faith and got out of a ship with raging water. How courageous he must have been to take one step into something so deceiving.
If we keep our eyes on Jesus we will be guided and led with His love, strength, and plan to better us spiritually. Through the good and the bad, let’s focus on Jesus and let him save us when we fall — even if we have to give up everything to follow him. As Peter said, “We have left all we had to follow you!” Luke 18:28 (NIV)