12 Jan

“And Peter answered Him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”

He said, “Come.”

So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”

Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him, saying to him,

“Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 

And those in the boat worshipped him, saying,

“Truly you are the Son of God.”

[ M A T T H E W  14 : 28 – 33]

So the rubber has to meet the road somewhere. This passage doesn’t just sit beautifully in our Bible on the shelf where we occasionally read it and think I love this story. Too often I read, or hear scripture, and walk away from it believing it will just soak its way into my life without trying to apply it practically before walking away. Don’t get me wrong, I know the Word of God NEVER returns void, but there’s beauty in investing thought into God’s Word…know what I mean? So lets dig in a little bit deeper today.

Are you double-checking God in an area of your life that you might sense He speaking to you about? Are you in a phase of responding to His invitation to “walk on water”? To trust His grace is enough? Or maybe you are in the season that follows, where God called you, you had the courage and did step out in faith, but then fear found a way to wrap itself around your legs and pull you under. Are you about to give up?

No matter where you find yourself tonight, I want to encourage you as it has encouraged me today.

D O N ‘ T    L O O K    D O W N

Life is chaotic. We live in a world of sorrow, and that is quite an understatement. But Jesus came to give us hope, to give us life. And I don’t just say that because it’s the right thing to say. I say it because His kind of hope is more than a word we hear in church…a lot. It’s real! Jesus knows all about the storms that we have faced/will face, and through silly-serious stories like these, He shares with us the secret how to endure the storm. Hope. Faith….and by faith, I practically mean what I have already said:

D O N ‘ T    L O O K    D O W N

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Keep your eyes up! Peter began to sink when his eyes started to wander. Are yours wandering today? Are you focusing on the struggle, or the promises God gives us? It’s never too late to focus up 🙂

Will we get scared? Will we still have questions? Will we want to kick a wall in because life just hurts sometimes? YES. 

But God is calling us to keep our eyes on Him, so we too can “walk on the water” (which, in my opinion, is one of the most terrifying things…yet He’s inviting you and I to stand upon the waves)!

 D O N ‘ T    L O O K    D O W N

Sending Love and best wishes for an amazing 2016!

xoxo,

Holly

3 Comments
  • mike
    Posted at 06:08h, 13 January

    So much of what we perceive in this 3 dimensional world, (the one we get too comfortable with), does indeed try to wrap itself around us and pull us under. Thanks for the reality check Holly- I needed to hear this.

  • Wanda Gappa
    Posted at 14:57h, 13 January

    Holly, What an inspiring article. The story of walking on water I have never heard related this way. It was an eye opener. I am eager to keep the “Don’t Look Down” message in my heart this coming year. God bless you. Wanda

  • David Desscan
    Posted at 01:46h, 30 January

    Thank you Holly for sharing.It is an encouragement to never give up and stay focus on our Lord.We were born to live in His glory and nobody can separate us from His Love.God bless you.Keep writing and reach out people and be a blessing in your songs and blogs.

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