31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, Devotionals

Our Help is at Hand: Time to Get in the Boat

Standing on the shore for a long time creates a pasty feeling in your limbs.

You feel suctioned to the wet sand with every passing wave.  The option to swim may have seemed to have passed you by the deeper you go. The weight of the world only gives you the choice to sink.

We were called to the water’s edge for a reason. The boat was waiting, the sea was calm and the calling was real. Instead of going out to your waiting adventure, you became stuck in doubt, fear and misguided opinions of what this calling might mean for you. The deeper water calls, and you are still standing still.

You need help. We all need help. As Christians, we know where that help comes from but our self-issued excuses keep us planted without growing.

Peter had this fear. He was willing to go, but when fear gripped him, the water started to consume him. Jesus told Peter to take courage, but instead embracing the encouragement from the Lord, he took hold of it half-wittedly and down he went under the pressure of being afraid.

Matthew 14:27-30

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

 “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!”

We cry out for the Lord to move in our lives and when He does, we often stand dumb-founded and like dead weights. We make excuses and tell the Lord He has it wrong and to answer according to our whims or on our timing. We are asked to get in the boat, or even step out into the waves, and because we don’t have our floaties on, we doubt the supremacy of the answer coming from  the one we beckoned to.

When we ask, we will receive, and then we move. God has us and will never forsake His children.

1 Corinthians 2:9 

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”

And while we wait for His guidance, direction, and answers, please take heart and lean on Him in faithfulness. Don’t be afraid to wait, but increase your stamina through prayer, study, and rest. He will see you through. He always does even if you feel that you are in a wasteland. God is good despite our circumstances.  Look for truth while you wait for that boat.

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Today’s 31 Day Days of Writing Prompts word is: HELP. You can find the rest of the series at this link.

 

 

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