Transforming our lives means steppig out in faith, believing that God is able to turn even the watery-depths of the ocean into a pathway toward Himself and HisMessage 1 of 1 , May 13, 2012View Source
Transforming our lives means steppig out in faith, believing that God is able to turn even the watery-depths of the ocean into a pathway toward Himself and His plan for us. We may have taken other "safe" paths in the past and found that these didn't take us where we truly longed to go spiritually, but their familiarity made us feel comfortable. But now with our eyes fixed on Jesus, we will have to face our fear of the unknown and get beyond it.
What is Courage
If we wait for all our fear to go away, before we begin to transform our lives, we will never make significant spiritual progress. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage means that we take advantage of the little strength we find within us, that we find little ways to encourage ourselves, and that we stubbornly follow God's direction. It means that we find enough strength to take a step in the right direction.
Walking on Water
In the account where Jesus walked on the water, the disciples were terrified when they saw Him (Matthew 14:28-31). Peter called to Jesus, "Lord, if it's really You, tell me to come to You by walking on water." Jesus told him to come, so Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. Peter became terrified and began to sink, but Jesus reached out His hand and lifted Him up.
Peter gathered up enough courage to take one step in the Lord's direction when the Lord called to him. he ventured out into a new experience. When he got in over his head, he called out and found the help he needed. We, too, need only to summon the courage to take a step in the right direction.This doesn't mean that we won't feel fear or need help. It does mean that with God's help, we will make it if we step out in faith. May you get this courage in this new year to step out and take many steps of faith to go from wave to wave in realizing your dreams and goals.
><> Letter #19 (13. 5. 2012) <>< * Printable at http://ctouch.org.in/encouraging