Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Walking on Water

This morning my mind has been racing with thoughts and feelings about what I suspect is my next big project.  A seed was planted in my heart many years ago and this past weekend it was casually called to my recollection.  Over the past two days, I've set it aside to finish the immediate tasks, but this morning thoughts of things to do have come flooding in. 

Over the years, I have learned that when thoughts come to me with such clarity and in such a rapid stream that it is not my thinking, but it is inspiration from the Lord.  Feeling the need to retain and remember all these thoughts while accomplishing today's immediate tasks, I have expanded my usual to do list with a visual work space to collect the thoughts. 

Scripture study and prayers is always first on my list of to do items.  I am currently serving as a Sunday School teacher for the 12 year olds, and so my current study is focused on the New Testament.  I opened the Sunday School teacher's manual and started flipping pages to find this week's study material.  My eye caught hold of a past lesson titled, "Be Not Afraid." That message sure applies to me!  I do not feel qualified for this next project.

Then I noticed that one of the focus items for this lesson says, "The Savior can magnify my humble offerings to accomplish His purposes" (Matthew 14:16-21; Mark 6:33-44; John 6:5-14).

Another focus item says, "Jesus Christ invites me to set aside my fears and doubts and exercise faith in Him" (Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-52; John 6:15-21).

You probably remember the story of the disciples toiling on the sea during the fourth watch of the night.  Perhaps you have even imagined as I have, Peter's willingness to walk on the water and yet the fear that caused him to falter as he saw the boisterous winds.  I pray that as I work toward all that He asks me to do, that when I feel I am sinking -- and surely there will be those moments in each of our lives -- I will be like Peter and cry out to Him, "Lord, save me!"

What is the Lord inviting you to do that will take courage and help?