Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The "waves" of life.....

Life happens in waves,  I think, just like a surfer we have to learn how to ride those waves.  Waves are how the water responds to the "wind".  In the bible there is a picture of how God wants us to respond to the waves of life:

Jesus Walks on the Sea

22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea,[a] tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous,[b] he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

There are a few key points in this passage of scripture that can help us ride out the waves of life, on God's grace.  
1.  This incident happened while Jesus was praying
2.  The wind was "contrary".  Many times when it's on  our hearts to do something, there are things or people in our lives that can play a "contrary" role to that which we are trying to do.  It can make us feel very "tossed" to and fro.  You don't feel stable.  
3. What was Peter's response to the waves when He looked at Jesus?  He wanted to walk on the water like Jesus, so he asked Jesus to call him to walk on water to.  Maybe that is what we need to pray, when we feel tossed to and fro by the waves of life, maybe we need to ask Jesus to command us to walk on the water.  Maybe Peter's request of Jesus was what is defined for us as "prayer".  If You have waves, pray for Jesus to command you to walk on water.  Because at His command, just like Peter, you to can walk on top of the the waves of life.  
4.  The waves of life are opportunities for Jesus to perform a miracle in your life and for you to do something that nobody has ever done before.  That's another prayer:  "Jesus, use these waves to cause me to do something that has never been done before"  This is a biblical prayer.  It lines up with God's word.  
5.  When you start walking on water, don't take your eyes of Jesus or you will sink.  The waves are not going to cease just because you are walking on water.  Matter-a-fact they might get more boisterous.  The wind ceased when they were back in the boat.  I think we have to decide if we want to live life walking on water, with the wind blowing every which way;  or in the safety of the boat. 

Honestly, I don't think living one way is superior to another, when it comes to something like this, but I do think you have to get to a place of decision because you reach points in your life where not being decided on this creates inner conflict.  This decision will guide your actions and if you don't eventually come to a decision about this, your actions might be all over the place.

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