Have you ever had the experience of wanting to do something outside of your comfort zone but never actually doing anything because of your fear? Of perhaps it wasn't your fear, per se, but the fears of those closest to you concerning your own person?
I have. And yet I see God doing amazing things around the world and I want to be a part of what He is doing. But that can never happen until I join Him on the water.
In Matthew 14: 27-29 the disciples were in a boat during the early morning hours when they suddenly spotted someone walking on the water. The person was Jesus! Peter was so amazed that he asked Jesus to call Him over. And He did. And Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water too!
I have been out of my comfort zone before but it never seems to get any easier. Perhaps because God keeps stretching it in directions He never has in the past. This time I want to get more involved in providing spiritual counsel, encouragement, and physical aid to those in need around the globe.
For many years I have been a caretaker for my mother and grandmother. And before that I helped raise my brother. I understand very well both the joys and frustrations of serving. And I understand that everything that happens to us is something God plans to use in a big way.
This month I am asking God to provide people who will help me step out of the boat. I will need prayer, encouragement, and financial help to achieve one of my goals. During the summer I hope to attend an institute focused on the question about whether freedom is a dream or a delusion.
This is important for me to study because I will, by God's grace, begin helping orphans, leper communities, human trafficking victims, and the like. All of these people need to know about the hope they can have in Jesus! But they also will have questions, some of which will be about freedom.
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However you believe God is calling you, don't be intimidated by the winds of negativity or the waves of despair. Know that God is with you and that if He calls you it is because He can certainly catch you. But mostly... life is so much more vibrant and exciting and amazing when we put our faith into action.
Blessings to you!