A Blog Post by Liz Meyers.
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of Jesus walking on the water. Matthew 14:22-36 says this:
“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went on the mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’
‘Lord, if it’s you’, Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’
‘Come,’ he said.
Then Peter got down from the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus. But when he saw the wind he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord save me!’
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘truly you are the Son of God.’
When they crossed over, they landed in Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.”
Through this story I am reminded again and again that God is good. I am humbled by what little faith I have. I am reminded that I am Peter. I am the one that calls on God to put me on the water, to do the impossible through me, to bring me beyond the waves. God says COME. God calls on me to look at Him, to fix my eyes on Him, come to Him, follow Him, TRUST IN HIM. I am Peter. I begin to step on the water but am swayed by the winds. Reality hits and I panic. The waves grow bigger and I lose faith and I begin to sink. Yet I am Peter. I am grabbed by the hands of Jesus and pulled back into the arms of Christ. It is also then that I am humbled and in awe of my little faith. I am Peter. I am called. Although I may have little faith, God still calls me to do extraordinary things. I am Peter, and this is amazing grace.
Have you ever felt God moving in you, stirring your soul, and calling you out beyond your comfort zone? Yea, it is a scary yet exciting feeling. It is terrifying to step into the unknown and take the call that is being presented to you but find hope and peace in the fact that our God is alive, he is here, he is moving. In John 16 Jesus is speaking to his disciples and is preparing them for a time of unknown in a world that will reject the message they are preaching yet assures them with these words: “I have told you these things, so in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Whether your call is to international missions and serving people all over the world, sponsoring a child through financial resources and prayer, volunteering locally, or simply showing love to those around you, know that God has placed that call on your life for a reason. There will be times when you beg God to bring you closer to him, to strengthen your faith in him, to do the impossible through you. For those times I encourage you to trust. In those moments, you are Peter and God is calling you to come. Will you take the initial call? Trust. When you are on the water will you be swayed by the inevitable waves? Trust. Spirit lead where trust is without boarders, let us walk upon the water, wherever you call.
The gospel message is a message that causes radical life change. It is transforming and redemptive. To know that Jesus came, chose to die for the sins of those that followed him just the same as the ones who hated him, and through great love endured a cross to ultimately conquer death once and for all, is that work of only the one that is able to save a sinners heart and redeem the most broken.
I challenge you to accept the call the Lord is placing on your life and run into the unknown whole heatedly. For it is in this place that you experience the greatness of a God who loves and a God who saves.
On my way down to Mexico I wasn’t sure what to expect, but as we crossed the border and entered into the town of San Luis I was very surprised. Being so close to the United States I would have never imagined that the poverty level could be so astounding. Participating in the Shut-in Ministry for the sick and elderly I was able to see the effects of poverty up close. It was heartbreaking, watching children drop out of school to take care of their sick families and seeing kids live in extremely poor environments with most of the homes not even having the bare necessities. One family that will always stand out to me, was this boy named Alejandro. Alejandro is 20 years old, and he was born with severe disabilities, unable to walk, talk, or move, he is bedridden all day. As shown in the picture, this is how he spends his everyday, laying in this bed, while his sister, Marianna (16), and his brother, Ramon (14), stay home from school to take care of him. Their mother is busy trying to make the little income that she can working on the onion fields and their father recently suffered a stroke, so the children now help care for him too. One of their main duties right now is to keep the flies off of Alejandro, since they do not have an air conditioner they have to keep the door open, and the flies swarm around Alejandro's mouth with him unable to swat them away. Ramon dreams of becoming a doctor one day to help people like his brother, and Marianna dreams of becoming a veterinarian. This was just one of the many families in the Shut-in Ministry that broke my heart with their difficult hardships and hopeful dreams. But the one thing that gave me peace leaving this family is knowing that we can help them. Through Caring Hearts we can make their hardships a little less difficult and their dreams a little more of a reality. Will you join me in helping Alejandro and families like his?