I have been receiving updates via e-mail regularly from a gal studying language in another country. Her heart’s desire is to be a missionary in an area of the world not always ready to receive the Good News of Christ’s Gospel. She is at the university six days a week studying, teaching English three days a week and doing cleaning and other jobs when she is not in a school-related mode. She has had to adapt to another culture and jump many, many hurdles before she even came to this place where she says “If I have any ‘free time’ all I want is to sleep and to pray.”
I want to share from her last e-mail this paragraph: “It’s very much like walking on water. I know I’m doing more than I can do in my own power, like standing on the surface of deep water. The Lord reminds me that this is a good place to be. One of two things will happen: either I will look into His eyes and walk on the water, or I will look at the water and start falling into it and He will reach out His hand and pull me up again. Both of these are
good options. I have done plenty of both in the last two weeks. Sometimes I gaze at God and I can feel the impossible turning firm beneath the soles of my feet, and sometimes I look at all I have to do and start freaking out and I can feel the salt water starting to go up my nose. But He never lets me go down. These are the only two options. Putting my feet down and standing is no longer an option. I can’t. I don’t have the option to go back to only doing what I’m capable of on my own. And drowning is not an option. He won’t let me.”
“So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and rescued him.” (Matthew 14:29-31 The Living Bible)
Do you think if Peter had memorized this passage in Isaiah (43:2) he may have been more confident? “When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. FOR I AM THE LORD, YOUR GOD, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, YOUR SAVIOR.”
I think we could all use a little more time in God’s School of learning His safety rules!