But Jesus said immediately to them: "Take courage! IT is I. Don't be afraid."
"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "command me to come onto the water."
That's my favorite part.
I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.
We go crazy thinking about what God wants us to do with our lives.
We freak out.
All Jesus says is
He's not asking for our prerequisites.
He's not pinching and poking at each weakness.
He's not removing pride first.
He just tells us to come to Him.
To come with Him.
And when our faith starts to falter.
And we forget during the storms that He is walking right with us.
And when we cry out he immediately reaches out his hand for us. [Matthew 14:31]
A year and a few months ago this was my story.
I had this very specific dream about a teen in my house.
I was so confused why she was in my house.
And why was I taking her to soccer practice.
Then God used pinterest, it's not all evil.
Blog post, huffington post, stats.
They started popping up.
My heart started breaking.
The number of children aging out that end up homeless, incarcerated or selling themselves are scary numbers.
My heart was breaking for teens.
God was at work.
I could have said no.
I didn't have to say yes.
Jesus just said
let me show you.
Let me show you a teen mom.
Let me show you her pain & struggles.
And then I'm going to walk you through this storm.
You're going to watch as a teen ages out.
This may be your story.
But likely it's not.
Likely your story is different.
And it's very likely you're scared.
It's very likely you're driving yourself crazy over it.
It's not going to be easy.
Last summer/fall we went through the deepest of storms (that we've had to walk so far)
I would cry almost daily.
I would cry for God to work.
I would cry to love deeper.
I even had days where I would cry for God to remove them from our home.
I felt so lost.
He worked it out.
He started a work & didn't leave us in the middle of them storm.
He didn't pull us out of the storm, but pulled us through the storm.