The #1 thing that will take you down.

September 11, 2018


When you are stressed and it just doesn’t feel like it’s let­ting up,

  • you’ve done every­thing you know to do, and
  • you start to feel fran­tic, when the wor­ry rolls in
  • you start to grab at what­ev­er is around to make it ok,
  • you know it’s time to STOP.
  •  

CELEBRATE like crazy how hard you’ve worked,

  • how far you’ve come,
  • how much progress you’ve made,
  • how much effort you’ve giv­en,
  • how focused you’ve stayed,
  • how much per­se­ver­ance you’ve shown.

And RELEASE the results to God.

The tim­ing,

  • the way it all works out,
  • the risks
  • the what ifs
  • the doubts
  • the fears
  • all of it.

RELEASE IT.  And EXHALE.

While you do, con­sid­er this famil­iar sto­ry a dif­fer­ent way:

When Peter got out of the boat to walk to Jesus, he had to GET OUT OF THE BOAT!

Eleven dis­ci­ples didn’t even do that. Peter gets to cel­e­brate that he stepped out of the boat.  He believed and act­ed. But then all he could do was to stay focused and step, step, step.

There was absolute­ly noth­ing about what he was doing that kept him up on top of the water.  That was all Jesus. And faith became most nec­es­sary when he saw all the tur­bu­lence and it was entire­ly out of his con­trol to make it go away.

I’m sure he would have loved for the waves to be still.  But they weren’t. I’m sure he would have enjoyed it if the wind had sud­den­ly stilled itself, but that wasn’t the les­son.

His focus had to remain singly on Jesus abil­i­ty to keep him walk­ing across the top of that water.  It prob­a­bly didn’t make sense while he was doing it either.

How am I actu­al­ly doing this? It makes NO sense!”

There was no moment for won­der­ing what-if, or con­sid­er­ing back up plans, or think­ing quick­ly that per­haps those dis­ci­ples should have thrown him a rope so he could be hauled back in case he began to sink.

Nope.

It was all just him, the water, the waves, and Jesus.

He was ful­ly com­mit­ted.  He was either going to walk on water or drown, but either way he did what Jesus told him.

Of course, we know that Peter became afraid and began to sink.  But isn’t that just like what we do?

We have a  sol­id plan- fol­low­ing Jesus- with no back up.  But the sec­ond we allow doubt to creep in, that’s the moment when it’s the most dan­ger­ous for us.

In a sense, we sink our­selves because we choose doubt. It’s actu­al­ly a sneaky way we come back around to think­ing that any of this life and the results are up to us.  It’s a back door to the con­trol we so des­per­ate­ly cling to. Of course the doubt becomes present because we imme­di­ate­ly real­ize that we don’t have a clue about how this can all work.

The doubt comes because we’ve for­got­ten that we don’t have to know how it all works or how long it will take, or exact­ly how God will take us through.

So when you are in the moment of stress and feel like you are get­ting pret­ty beat up by the tur­bu­lence of life, just remem­ber, there’s only one thing that’s going to take you down: con­trol.

Choose RELEASE.

Choose FOCUS on Jesus.

He’s got this.

Choose JOY that you don’t have to do the work to fig­ure it out.

Get excit­ed that you got out of the boat and you get to walk on water!!!  You get to WALK ON THE TOP OF THE STINKINWATER!

Then keep your eyes on the Sov­er­eign Author of the Uni­verse and expect that He’s going to take care of you like He said he would!

- Mary Aldrich

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