With the dishwasher churning loudly behind me (it is not one of those cool quiet new ones but it works), I am sitting at my kitchen table looking out the front windows of my dining room. It is a very green and clean view. I am facing this way because it is the only clean spot in my house, lol. I hope that is not case by the end of the day- I can dream.
Well, I have to say that my first sojourn out of the boat and leading worship was okay. It wasn’t a train wreck and true worship took place. I forgot my place in the song once and got distracted by the stony faces of a few teenagers that looked at me like I was an alien but overall it was a wonderful water walking experience. There were a more that worshiped with me than stared at me- that is a good sign, right?
What happened after Peter walked on water (and almost drowned) is as important has the experience of it:
“When they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.”
(Matthew 14:32 NIRV)
After any self respecting water walking or lion chasing experience, it is important to get back into the boat. Huddle down, rest. I think our Lord was so compassionate to not continue walking through the storm on the water with Peter. He knew Peter’s trust and humanity had reached it’s height and it was all he take. So Jesus made His way back to the boat with Peter in hand and got in. As soon as the Savior and His bold follower were back on board, the storm ceased. God gave them a moment to reprieve on their journey. He quieted the winds and waves.
One of the first scripture verses that become a life line to me in my early days of walking hand in hand with Jesus was Psalms 17:8,
“Take good care of me, just as you would take care of your own eyes. Hide me in the shadow of your wings.” (NIRV)
Thank the Lord, we are allowed and encouraged to find refuge in Him, to find a place where we can be weak human beings and be tucked into His side like an bird covers their hatchling.
Step out boldly.
Then find rest and reprieve under the shadow of His arm.
Alright, now it is time to turn around and face the music….the rest of my house, lol.
Have a wonderful day, my friend. I hope you find rest and strength in His presence and under His arm. Let me know what I can pray for you.