Sometimes where you are must get so uncomfortable, so unbearable, so not okay, that changing becomes preferable and therefore possible.
We tend to stay where we are in our relationship to God, our relationship to eachother and even our relationship to ourselves until we are challenged to change by circumstance or when we receive the irrisistable invitation from someone who is “out there” somewhere we want to be.
In Matthew 14, Peter was tired of where he was. He had been battling the winds and waves all night. His very own comfort zone, the boat, had been violently tossed about and though he exerted all his effort, he just wasn’t getting very far.
At first, Peter was terrified when he saw the man calmly walking on the water out in storm. But when he heard him shout “Don’t be afraid”, Peter recognized the voice, trusted and responded in a moment of faith. Of hope. Of belief.
““Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said.
Matthew 14:28 NIV
Peter heard the invitation but he still had to get out of the boat. He still had to take that first impossible step of faith. He probably died a few deaths inbetween the moment he heard Jesus say “Come” and he stepped out of the boat. But he did it.
“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”
Matthew 14:29 NIV
Peter decided that he would rather be with Jesus, out in the impossible, than stay where he was. He was tired of straining and wanted to start walking with his Savior once more, no matter where that might be.
Have you been straining and feel exhausted?
Is where you are at spiritually, emotionally or mentally become unbearable?
Jesus invites you to “Come”. To step out of the boat (what you’ve known but what isn’t working) and come walk with Him in the impossible.
If you have heard His invitation and hesitated, I want to encourage you to go for it!
Take the step.
Keep your eyes on Jesus, my friend, and decide that where you are isn’t where your going to stay.