Wednesday, December 15, 2010
We’ve heard the story of Peter’s walk on water many times, but I wonder if this view has ever been considered? First the story;
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid. Lord, if it’s you, Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water. Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matt 14:25-33
I wonder what it might have been like to view the minds of those who were watching? If we could listen in, maybe it would sound something like this;
· That boy done lost his mind, he is not Jesus and he’s going sink like a rock!
· If I was you I wouldn’t go out there, that might not be Jesus.
· Why is he always gotta be the one to prove something. Show off!
· Shucks wish I’d been the one who thought of that.
· You go Peter, I wish I had your faith.
It’s true, no one knows what was going through their minds at the time. As a matter of fact no one knows what thoughts we’re thinking right now.
When you think about Peter’s choice, faith is what it boiled down to. The same can be said for us, just how much do we trust God? Enough to risk stepping out of the boat? It’s a very personal question that no one can answer that but you; the bible tells us “Each man is given the measure of faith.” How far are you willing to stretch yours?
Is it your turn to step out the boat?
“Today, go out and feed some sheep!”
Monday, December 13, 2010
Let me start by saying “Don’t be quick to judge!” I know some of my friends will say “Come on now, really?” But remember, the Bible does say “in everything give thanks!”
Those of you who know me, or who have read my book (What Happens After the Hoop?) know me to be a worshiper at heart. For those of you who don’t know me please allow me to share this excerpt from the book so that we may become acquainted;
“Finding the quiet time to get into position with Him has become a challenge for many of us because of our busy schedules. For others, it is the complexity that we have attached to the ritual concerning personal worship. Yet there are some who just don’t know how to get started, because they feel that there is some kind formula or that they have to become a twenty-minute prayer warrior like Deacon Jones.
Keep it simple, in both deed and place. Some of the best times I’ve spent with God have been in the shower! Worshiping Him for who He is in the comfort of early morning peace—tears streaming down my face, feeling His presence in the warmth of the water’s spray—what a wonderful way to start the day with the dew of the “morning rain” falling down upon me. It’s about simple conversation with Him. Honor Him for who He is and for what He’s done in your life.”
Yes, I’m a shower worshiper. Before you begin to analyze this consider the benefits: the shower is the one place where you don’t worry about others; the flow of water is comforting and if you cry, so what! The anointing can wash over you with the warmth of the water until they feel like one, and the echo makes your worship sound like it’s bouncing off the ceiling of heaven!
Now that you have the picture, let me share a bump in the road with you. In our master bath, the showerhead was up high and I liked it that way, however (ladies I’m sure you’ll understand) when I say high, it’s just high enough that it always wet my wife’s hair, which is why she tends to like the hand held option more.
So, as I’m walking through Home Depot, I see a shower head that has my big sunflower design where the middle comes out and is a handheld! Ok, I’m thinking problem solved, but little did I know just how solved it was. After installing it, I took it for a test drive and found that I could set the outer ring at one speed and the inner ring at another. Can you say Latter Day Rain come now! Thank you Lord, my worship felt as if it kicked into another gear.
If you still don’t get it, then the next time you get in the shower just take a moment to exhale and began to worship God and just let it all go. Then blog me back and tell what you think. I’ll be right here waiting.
(Go out and feed some sheep)