My Verse

Isaiah 43:1

"But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Isreal, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!"

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Faith and Change

James 2:26
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Matthew 14:22-33
22Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but the boat by this time was a long wayb from the land,c beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”28And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind,d he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

And God says to me, "Step out of the boat."

So last week, a decision was made. Interestingly, it was something I knew was going to happen, but wasn't sure of the outcome. But, the Lord spoke to my husband, and had been preparing me for it. He prepared me, by reading about Sarah, Abraham's wife. When Abraham was called to leave his family and the land that he had known, Sarah followed. She was submissive and faithful to her husband. I must be submissive and faithful to my husband, as we look for a place to settle.

Genesis 12:1 & 4a
1The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.
4So Abram left, as the Lord had told him;

There have been so many changes lately...
Careers - I am now a domestic engineer, and a teacher to my children.
Homes - The apartment that we have called home for 2 years now, is no longer our home, but a new one has not been found yet.
Even small things - dogs, hair, clothes, schedules, chores

And now we are facing change again. But I want to stay in my boat. I think it is safer here, even with the waves crashing over me. I want to hold on to people, to things, to familiarity.

He says, "Come."

What good is my faith if I stay in the boat? If I stay, I have put my faith in man made things and not in The One Who Saves, Jesus. So, with my flesh still trying to cling, I reach out for the edge, I reach out to the unknown, but I know that it is Jesus who will catch me.

1 comment:

wiffleball_legend said...

as long as we follow Him we will find peace. The storm will always toss our boat, that is common it is who our anchor is that keeps us safe.