Storms Distract

In Matthew 14, there is a story that perhaps we all have heard- a great miracle where Jesus actually walks of water!  But think about the story.  There is a tremendous amount of depth and significance in its meaning. 

Think of it from one of His disciples, say Peter’s perspective.  So Jesus sent you and few other people out on a boat to cross a sea.  You guys load the deck for departure, get on the boat and lift the anchor out of the sea.  No problems! 

The ship sets sale, the captain (say Andrew) says there is sunny skies, no appearance of clouds or possibility of rain.  Somehow as soon as you got to middle of the sea, out of nowhere clouds spread the sky, it starts to rain and rain.  It is a Storm. 

This large comfortable boat suddenly feels a lot smaller being toss left and right.  Now you couldn’t tell whether it a storm or a hurricane!  Your boat is being hit and it just happens to be in middle of the night.  This is scenario that scripture gives.  Peter and the other disciples of Jesus where caught in the sea in the midst of a storm far from land (Matt 14:24).

If you were alone on this boat it might even feel terrified.  Nonetheless, the rain beats on the roof, the wind whistle through the walls.  You’re in the middle of a storm. A storm you didn’t ask for!

Then at about 3 am (the fourth hour of the night), while the storm still rages, when you least expects, Jesus shows up.  He says, “Don’t be afraid, take courage. I am here”!  [V27 NLT]

And in the rest of story, we see Peter, because of his love to Christ says “Lord, if it’s you,” tell me to walk on the water. So Peter walks on the sea with his Lord. He is actually walking on water! And Peter is focused on Jesus until he notices of the storm and winds that are all around him.  Peter began to look around and in the midst of his storm: lost focus on Christ.  Scripture says, But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink Peter cried out for help and Jesus reached and pulled him up by the hand.

But at first Peter was not distracted by the storm.    

There will be times when dramatic events happen in our lives.  These are unforeseen, unexplained things that occur.  It may be difficult to concentrate of Jesus.  You may not even be able to hear your own thoughts right in the middle of a circumstance.   But Jesus, he is there to lift you up out of the storm and give you peace that surpasses human understanding. –Philippians 4:7 


Jesus in with you in midst of life’s storms.
Life certainly has ups and down, mountains and vallies, platforms and potholes.

Be encouraged.

 

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God knows

 The truth is that before you even spoke to God and ask him for that job, home or scholarship, He already knew!  He knows your thoughts and feelings.  He knows your secrets and hidden things.
And in knowing that, He YET LOVES us. 
He sent His Son on a cross to die for us.  For YOU.
 
There is nothing He wouldn’t do for you.  He gave His greatest gift already, in the person of His Son.   And there is nothing about you that God doesn’t know.
 
So why worry?
Why carry shame on for another day.
Why wallow in fear when God has it covered!
 
Two verse come to mind when I think of God
and His will for my life:
I will praise You, for I am FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. -Psalms 139:14
For I KNOW the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future! -Jeremiah 29:11
 
These are God’s words and promises He’s made to us!
You were made for a purpose.  You were designed with a PLAN he had in mind.
 
In the quiet of the night, when you are all alone, or just after you received news of a serious illness,
when your situation just isn’t changing
and your God seems far away:
Remember that GOD KNOWS.  Ask Him for help and He WILL DELIVER. 
There is nothing to hard for our God!
Jeremiah 32:27
 
Here are more scriptures of encouragement:
Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:14, Hebrews 13:5, Proverbs 18:24, Hebrews 8:12.
 

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Enough ROUTINE, now LIVING!

5pm Monday afternoon five months ago: 

Ken, my husband, walks through the door…

Ken: Hi Hun, what’s for dinner?

Me: Chicken and white rice. 

Ken: What kind of chicken? You know I like it grilled.

Me (interrupting): Hun, it’s already cooked, sorry it’s too late.

Me: So how was work?

Ken: SIGH  Today felt sooo long.  LONG SIGH

5pm Monday afternoon today:

Ken, walks through the door…

Ken: You will be so proud of me, I just had a chicken and ham sandwich, one apple and a bottle of water today. You know, Jovette, let’s go walking this afternoon.

Me: STARING AT HIM  (In bewilderment and awe— Thank you Jesus!)

Me: Anyway, I made beef parmesan lasagna for dinner.

Ken:  Really…

Me: Yes, but I used lean beef.

Ken:  I knew there was a catch.

🙂

Life is short!  Dump the boring.  And you know, I may not be perfect, but I refuse to be boring.  Boring, uneventful, and even worst ROUTINE. 

Routine isn’t bad, but when you no longer stop to smell flowers, when you no longer listen to the crickets and the robins, when you no longer count the stars in the velvet sky or cherish your baby’s cheeks and the cute burps between them. When you no longer see your clients as individuals probably in need of a smile and an understanding ear.  When you no longer eat, exercise and rest to maintain longevity of life- the body God has entrusted you with.  And when you forget His daily provision, you had just enough gas in the car, just enough money to the meet bills, just enough you flour to make your daughter’s birthday cake! It’s amazing how God comes through for the little things too.  When you no longer appreciate life and the God who gave it to you – John 1:3, but rather are caught in what I call the cyclical routine of boredom and nowhere.  I purposefully seek to soak up life- a period time I’ve been given. 

This is your life.  Please don’t make it routine.

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When I need strength.

Ever been tired.  Simply exhausted and tired, but you still went ahead and did that thing you were supposed to do anyway!  Clean the house, cook for your husband and kids, go to a work where you receive little compliment for giant efforts.   You do these things not because you feel like it, but because you are supposed to do. Your strength is low, but you still go on ahead.

Strength is something we all want and need, but do not always possess.

I remember in my senior year of college, the dormitory halls got together and held a “Dorm Wars” event. It actually-kinda- felt like a minute-to-win-it games or another reality game show.  But it was quite a war game!  Many dorms bought uniform shirts, made their unique “dorm cheer” and developed strategies to win.  This might as well had been football. 

I remember the evening of Dorm wars, during the obstacle course segment, there were four girls in each team performing a relay.  In my team, I was the last one up.  I had to “anchor” the team, leading them to victory.  On the mark, get set, go!  One… two… and three of my teammates successfully got through their lap.  And Sheila (not the real name) was about to pass the baton to me.  There was a long tube on the ground to crawl through, followed by adjacent tires, some ropes thingamajigs (don’t recall), and then a wall to jump over. 

“This is a piece of cake, I got this, I got this!” I thought. 

“I can outrun any girl on this court.” I went on, “Will take this baby home.” I was so eager and excited to show off my abilities and strength.  Now she came and tagged me, I broke out across that line quickly, dashed into the tube, creeping and creeping as fast as I could.  That was over. Now the adjacent tires were up and in two rows.  I ran through those in a seconds.  But then came the wall.  Immediately I lost focus and my thoughts changed. I began to fret. I looked at that wall and it looked really TALL.  I stunted and halted a little, then I jumped.  While in the air, I was confident I’d make it over, but my back foot caught the wall and I came down in to a painful fall.  I limped the rest of the way to the finish line.

My supportive teammates gave me a lot of you-did-well pats. But I looked back at the wall, it was not tall, literally 4 feet high, but when I was in the game, in the heart of the race, that wall look taller and I doubted my strength to get over it.

As you go through life and face ever-present challenges, know that God is with you1 and HE is the source of your strength. 

Habakkuk 3:19,

The Lord God[c] is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.

Joshua 1:9

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

  1. Heb.13:5

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PERSONAL SCRIPTURES OF INSPIRATION

“I AM THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL” – Deuteronomy 28:13

“ALL THINGS WORK TO FOR MY GOOD!” – Romans 8:28

“GOD HAS GOOD PLANS FOR ME” – Jeremiah 29:11

“I AM HIS HANDIWORK!”  – Ephesians 2:10

“I WAS SCULPTURED IN THE WOMB!”  – Jeremiah 1:5

“GOD’S MERCY FOLLOWS ME”  – Psalm 23:6

“I HAVE NO NEED TO FEAR” – Psalms 27:1

“I HAVE HELP ON EVERY SIDE” – Psalm 91:7

“GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN ME!”  – 1 John 4:4

“I AM FORGIVEN” – 1 John 1:9 & John 3:16

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To Do/Live/Walk What You Say

Found a GOOD passage. There is a passage in the bible where Jesus called out the Scribes and the Pharisees for the error of their ways.  He said that they, “do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.” That is, they did not lived what they taught.  They talk-the-talk, but didn’t walk-the-walk. He said that “their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.” [I know there are big words here, but I can’t help that.] In today terms, they can probably give a dictatorial exegesis or hermeneutical interpretation (as my husband would say,) on any passage in the bible, but their Christian life was POOR!

They DO not DO as they should DO, but rather SAY as they should DO —  Got it!

In one of my favorite books of Bible, JAMES, expounds on a truth just along these lines.  James 2:14-16 says, “if people say they have faith, but do nothing, (there’s that word yet again), their faith is worth nothing. Can faith like that save them?  A brother or sister in Christ might need clothes or food.  If you say to that person, “God be with you! I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat,” BUT DO NOT GIVE THEM anything to eat….  This is a no-brainer to a Jesus follower: let ME first feed the guy, clothe the gal; then they will have enough strength, concern or consciousness to actually hear and understand the Word that we, believers, share to them.  

One of my favorite authors1, without calling names- Jen Hatmaker—said “a genuine study of the Word results in believers who feed poor people and open up their guest rooms;” They stretch their hands to the needy and visit the widows and destitute among us.  She went on to say, “Show me a Bible teacher off mission, and I’ll show you someone with no concept of the gospel he is studying.”

Taking the love we’ve received from above and impacting our world is our MISSION.

When times get tough, as they certainly will; when you lose that job, when you contract an illness, when you run out of money, energy and fuel and the nearest “gas station” is another 10 miles ahead.  When an insurmountable obstacle in front of you.  You should respond in faith.

In faith that the same God that carried you through that drought a year ago will take you up again.  In Faith, that the God will bring a great triumph from the evil others did to you- possessing a confidence and security in the abilities of Christ.  In Faith that all things work together for good to those who love God. [Romans 8:28] In Faith that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness [James1:3 ESV]. In Faith that although I the circumstance feels unbearable, yet will I trust him [Job 13:15].

Father,

We surrender our lives to your will and purposes.

Forgive me for selfishly overlooking the needs of my brothers and sisters. 

Provide an opportunity today for me to do, live and walk out your love to others.

In Jesus name.

 

  1. Jen Hatmaker in An experimental mutiny against excess

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The MAN who knows your TRUE beauty.

There is a story in the bible of a woman who, while Jesus was sitting with his disciples at man- named Simon’s -house, that a woman interrupted the meeting.  Jesus ministered to her before and now had a gift for him.  She poured a very expensive oil- believed to have cost a year’s wages – on Christ. She took this oil out of her alabaster box and poured it on Jesus’ head.

But the disciples got angry. Had great indignation and replied, “Why this waste?”[Matt 26:8 NIV].  And one disciple exclaimed, It could have been sold for a high price and given to the poor.

This was a very valuable woman.  She had a very valuable perfume!  She could have used her perfume to get more money, more fame or more fortune, but she gave it to Christ! 

But others said she wasted her oil.  She was called a waste.  You may have been called “a waste” in some way, shape or form.

A waste of someone’s time or resources; perhaps a waste of your parent’s money. A waste of your teacher’s efforts in school. You been said that you are a waste! Ugly, insignificant, INVALUABLE! 

Like this woman, you gave up what was dear to you.  For various reasons: the crowd peer-pressured you, the team that said “everyone’s doing it.” The Guy/Gal that said, you gotta try.… alcohol, drugs, premarital sex, rebellion, disrespect, anything to get a little more money. Anything to get a little more attention, anything to get a little more time. And anything to get a little more value!

But your value is not the outside traits, your hair, dress or make up! But the internal beauty.

You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes

from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which

 is so precious to God.  — 1 Peter 3:4  

 This beauty was given by our Lord Jesus, who MADE you.  This woman had a perfume that of GREAT VALUE.  She didn’t give to anyone else but JESUS! He valued her.

I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.  –Psalm 139:14

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