Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
2020, my year of prayer… almost funny as I reflect the choice to make prayer my focus this year…. as if God we’re preparing me for something …
No amount of social distancing can remove my relationship with God the Father. This time is so precious to me, each morning, as I give Him all praise and honor, knowing that He has things in complete control.
I certainly couldn’t have predicted the virus that has so quickly spread across our globe, gathering such hysteria around it that people are crumbling. There’s something oddly calming, though, when the Peace that passes understanding fills your soul…. a calm in the midst of the storm!
Matthew 14:22-33 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Peter sank because he doubted Jesus could help him walk on the water. I believe that if Peter has kept his focus on Jesus instead of what was happening around him, he would have been able to walk all the way to Jesus in the water.
Folks, there’s a lot of noise around us… from politicians to media to … you name it, there is a lot vying for our attention. Keep your attention focused on the One True God. Trust Him to provide for your needs, including peace of mind.
We could get so worked up about what this doctor is saying or that one, or this “fact” that someone wants you to know, or this “lie” that someone wants to expose… it absolutely breaks my heart to see so many people I know become so terribly upset about this virus and all of the other collateral damage it has caused. I don’t know what “normal” will be when this is all over… if this is ever over… but I do I know this. I am a child of the one true King and I know He is in control. I’ve lived a lifetime of lessons learned in preparation to build a strong faith that will now see me through until my Savior returns.
Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Easter’s coming, my friends. Easter is coming