Tonight at praise night, I was sitting down talking with the Lord and He interrupted me to say... "Don't be afraid to come walk on the water with me..."I've been with you, your whole life. There has never been a moment that I was not with you and helped you walk though every trial and every hard place". He then showed me milestones of my life and He said "I have never changed, I have never not been there. Even though man has let you down and brought you pain and heartache I have remained that same. My word has never changed". He then reminded me of my first "grown-up" Bible and the things He and I shared for the first time. Like I full understood what Jesus did for me on the cross, oh how my heart melted before Him. I also saw the time when I was wanting to understand His grace and what it mean to me as His daughter. That day changed my life! Tonight when the Lord started to show me these things I asked Him why, why was He showing me all this... He then spoke so sweetly. "Because I have loved you, your whole life. You've been having trouble seeing me, your eye have been looking at your storm in stead me of me". Then I was reminded again of peter when he walked on the water and he got afraid and Jesus lovingly held out his hand and pulled Peter out of the water and Jesus walked with him back to the boat. That is what Jesus did for tonight. He didn't let me go under. but rather shown me that He really is always with me. What a gift! Just thought I'd share with you all. Blessings!
I love the story of Peter getting out of the boat and walking on the water. In my room I have a print by Thomas Kincaid of a little boat on a stormy sea. I guess the boat is actually supposed to be sailing out of the storm but to me... it looks like it is sailing into it. I looked at that picture quite a bit when I was a semi-invalid during cancer treatment and I still do. It reminds me that though the thunder rolls, lightening flashes and the waves toss my little boat about, Jesus is out there on the water. I might not be able to see Him, hear Him or touch Him but He can see me, hear me and touch me and in the end, that is what really matters, right?
Hanging in my office is a passage of scripture which I printed up and framed right before I started chemo. It says:
[quote]That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT)[/quote]