"The deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray:

'Thy Will Be Done'."

~Elisabeth Elliot

Monday, October 18, 2010

eye contact

maybe you've seen a mom do this before...it's likely that it's been done to you or that you've done it to your child....
the child is just misbehaving and not listening at all...or maybe the child is just restless and not paying full attention...but the mom will grab hold of the child's face with both hands, get some eye contact and repeat her orders.
it seems to work.
there are things in life that happen and it causes me to wonder if God is trying to get my attention or trying to get me to refocus.
is He holding my face and looking for eye contact?
it's true even in the case of Peter. Jesus was off praying alone and the boat went afar off into the water by the time He was done. He walked on the water towards the boat and the fisherman that knew Jesus became scared thinking that it was a ghost! the men KNEW Jesus personally and in some strange way, didn't recognize Him and didn't recognize His power. so Peter said, "if that's You, then command me to come to You on the water". Jesus replied, "come". so Peter got out of the boat and began walking towards Jesus. He was walking on water! Obviously, this is something supernatural that took place, but even in that moment when Peter was experiencing the power of God, he got distracted and focused on the wind and the crashing waves. the fear and circumstances of his experience began to trump the faith he had in the One that gave him the power to pass over the water without sinking!
let it not be said of me!
Peter cried out to Him and immediately Jesus reached out His hand.
all Peter needed was a little eye contact.
my goal is for others to witness me walking on water,
and just like the fisherman watching from the boat, they'll say...
"Truly, You are the Son of God"

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