Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.
– Mark 6:45-52
“We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not. The question of whether or not we arrive at a particular goal is of little importance, and reaching it becomes merely an episode along the way. What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself.
“What is my vision of God’s purpose for me? Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me. God is not working toward a particular finish— His purpose is the process itself. What He desires for me is that I see “Him walking on the sea” with no shore, no success, nor goal in sight, but simply having the absolute certainty that everything is all right because I see “Him walking on the sea” (Mark 6:49). It is the process, not the outcome, that is glorifying to God.
“God’s training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very minute, not for sometime in the future. We have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself.
“God’s purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now. If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.”
– – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
I may have written an old post about walking on water, but people in this world cannot do that.
Yet, we see Jesus walk on water, figuratively if not literally. He does these minor miracles in our lives every day. If we are tuned into that channel, we can see them.
I’d like to use a different analogy. There are people in the water, far from shore. Some are like the old swimming instructor that I had who would tread water so viscously that his waist remained above the water level. In this manner, he kept his clipboard, paper, and pen well above any splashing of the water. How else was he to take notes on our progress? Then you see other people who are working their arms and legs with all their might, tiring quickly, but with heads remaining above water in their treading of water. You see others swimming around the crowd of people doing the breast stroke, the butterfly, the crawl, the side stroke, or the backstroke. They aren’t really going anywhere; they just prefer that means of staying above the water. Then, you have that person that lays on his back and simply floats, saving his energy, and trusting in God that a boat will approach and save them. Yet, there are others that give up, and sink to the bottom. For those that hang in there, how we get there does not matter. Having faith that God is with us and within us is the important thing. As Chambers says, God is walking on the storms of our life. He will see us through.
I have been writing this blog for over a year. I still have a lot to learn, but God has led me to a lot of revelations regarding me. My wife says that I always share too much, but she still says, “It’s a good post.” I have had typos. I have gone too far, possibly, when trying to make a point. But what I have learned the most is that God is walking on the storms of my life. He is there.
Have I had writer’s block? On occasion, yes, but God will touch my heart, sometimes mere hours before my self-imposed deadline. God is always there.
When God touched my heart to start this site, I had no idea what a blog was. I discovered an entire blogosphere. As a friend wrote recently, ‘blogland’. God is there as well. I learn a lot from other bloggers, or whatever they call themselves.
When I started this blog, I was thinking of the Great Commission, spreading the word of God to the corners of the world. At this writing, the WordPress database shows that the site is read by people on six continents almost every month, and people in about 80 countries have checked out the site. Yet, I know there are others that the database does not register, so I know there are others out there who have read my offerings. I pray that what has been written can guide people closer to God. And I thank you for checking out the site.
Chambers talks about how God does not promise us great success. He provides a way for us to serve. And I will continue, as long as I am able, to serve God through this blog site. If you ever wondered, that is why I write these stories. And as Chambers concluded his message, these moments are so, so precious.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.