First of all, we are not alone in the raft. The “I will never leave you nor forsake you Jesus” is at the back of the raft with His hands on the rudder. And, by the way, He has been through this white water before. Having been tested in every white water of life, He welcomes you to come to Him in complete confidence for grace and mercy in your time of need. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16 NIV)
If you know me socially or personally, a fair depiction of me is that I am an extrovert—gregarious and sociable. However, I am not that entirely. My oomph comes from being by myself, in the Word and with Jesus. My heart delights in this time. Unfortunately, I fall short, bigtime, when it comes to making and/or taking time to just be me, in the quiet, with Him.
Simon Peter had no hope of catching any fish but he obeyed the Master and was awestruck by what he witnessed. Upon Jesus filling the nets, Simon Peter sees who is on his boat and immediately falls to the knees of Jesus feeling unworthy, “go away from me!” If that’s not enough of a jolt to Simon, he is ashamed to be before “Jesus, the Lord!” And to top it off, he is convicted, “I am a sinful man!”
Some moments I have no idea what I am doing (like right now) as a wife and mom and “wanna-be” writer. I believe 100% that there is a place for all of us in God’s work. How else would a cupbearer become governor of Judah?
This writing is inspired by a dear friend who cherishes the people she meets. You will often hear her say, “Did I ever tell you how I met her?” This got me thinking. Have I ever told you how I met Jesus?
Leave what you’re doing, your wants, your needs, your opinions, your cares, your concerns. When we are called to obedience we are stretched beyond ourselves. When we leave it all behind and walk with the One who is calling us to a new “land”, it is downright scary!