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?"
Takes real courage to step over the side of the boat, doesn't it? Common sense tells you that you are going down. Unless, of course, your eyes are on Jesus. ~Mike Fisk at Built with Grace
Doubts. Fears. Worries. We all entertain them from time to time, even though they are unwanted guests in our minds. I call them "what-ifs."
What if I don't get the job? What if she doesn't accept my apology? What if my child gets a poor grade? What if I'm late for my appointment? What if my boss in in a bad mood today?
Doubts. Fears. Worries. Suppositions that creep into our thoughts and steal our joy. Anxieties that take our eyes off Jesus, leaving us to lead a life of fear instead of faith.
Davy, the main protagonist in The Glade Series and Adventures in The Glade, suffers with bouts of the "what-ifs" as he wrestles with the many problems plaguing the future of his beloved friends, the Old Ones. His mother, Kate, and stepfather, Jim, do their best in several different scenarios in the third novel in Adventures in The Glade, Revelation, to persuade Davy that such thinking is neither productive nor helpful. The following scene takes place the night before the Old Ones' plan to save The Glade will be revealed to an unsuspecting world.
Davy emerged from the bathroom clean and ready for bed. Grandma and Grandpa had already departed for the Fairchild's, and only Mom and Jim were sitting at the kitchen table. "Where's Anna?" Davy asked.
"In her bed," Mom replied. "Poor child fell asleep before we could even finish our prayers."
"I hope I fall asleep that quickly tonight," Davy said wistfully as he sat down across from Mom and Jim.
Jim's brow furrowed. "Are you still worried about tomorrow, son?"
"Yes, sir," Davy admitted. "We stayed so busy today, I really didn't think about the awful dream I had last night, but now that it's close to bedtime, I'm afraid I'll dream it all over again."
Mom reached across the table to lay her hand on his. "Davy," she said gently, "how many times in your life have you had the same dream twice?"
Davy thought for a moment before he answered. "I don't think I've ever had the same dream twice," he confessed, "but that doesn't mean it won't happen."
"Honey, we've talked about those 'what-ifs' before, haven't we?" Mom asked. "Take it from a recovering worrywart: They will only stress you out over something which will more than likely never happen. What good is that?"
"I know you're right, Mom," Davy said with a sigh, "but can I ask you both a favor?"
"Sure. Anything for you, son," Jim said.
"When we finish the prayers, could you stay out on the porch with me until you're sure I'm asleep?"
"We'd be happy to, honey," Mom reassured him. "Speaking of bedtime and prayers, I think it's past time you headed in that very direction."
When the "what-ifs" sneak into your mind, do you sink under their weight, or do you turn your eyes to Jesus and allow Him to keep you afloat?
Prayer: Father, give us the courage to step over the side of the boat and walk with You. Take away the "what-ifs" from our minds and hearts, and help us to focus upon Jesus who is mighty to save. It is in His name, we pray. Amen.
Meditations of My Heart will be on hiatus for two weeks as I will concentrating of the final edit of Revelation which needs to be at the publisher no later than July 31. In the meantime, may God keep and bless each and every one of you!