We added a new member to our house last week.
Meet our new kitten. He’s a curious little guy. Here he’s chasing the cursor on my screen. We still have a lot of training to do. LOL
And here he is thirty seconds later. No joke.
From curious and busy to asleep in record time.
My family and I had long discussions on his name. I thought perhaps Yoda, but my daughters didn’t like it. We threw around Odin, August, Zuko, Latte, Hercules, and Yoshi. One daughter wanted Odin another August. I kept looking at him, and he just didn’t look like an Odin or even an August.
So I made the executive Mom decision and named him Peanut.
My dog doesn’t quite know what to think of him. He’s being pretty patient, considering he’s an older dog and half blind.
And in that I think there’s a spiritual lesson.
For some of us, we’ve been Christians for a LONG time. I’m nearing my fifties now (shh), so I’ve been “doing this life” for 30+ years (I was a teen when I accepted Christ as my Savior).
After so many years, many of us feel like we know what we’re doing. And then again, I think some of us are half blind to the real truth. We’ve gotten mired down in traditions or “church” doctrine (notice I didn’t say Biblical doctrine). We’ve forgotten to see through the “eyes of a child” (or a kitten) where all things are wondrous and new. Life is easier if we don’t “rock the boat.”
But what we fail to realize is that when the boat rocks, it usually means there’s a storm, and Jesus is in the storm (as well as the calm). We may feel He’s sleeping on the job as the disciples did (Matthew 8:24), but He’s not. He’s ALWAYS got our backs. He’s ALWAYS in the storm with us. We just have to reach out our hands to Him. He may not take away the storm as He did for the disciples(Matthew 8:25), but He will always guide us through it.
When Peter walked on water, he faltered when he noticed the wind and the waves. “But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. ‘Save me, Lord!’ he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. ‘You have so little faith,’ Jesus said. ‘Why did you doubt me?’ When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.” (Matthew 14:30-32, NLT)
Please notice that the wind didn’t STOP until they climbed into the boat.
Sometimes we (myself included) expect our prayers to be answered the way we want when we want. Jesus did save Peter, but He didn’t calm the storm immediately. It still raged around them as they made their way back to the boat. He expected Peter to trust Him to guide him in the right direction.
He expects it of us, too.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.” (Ps. 23:4-5, NKJV, emphasis mine)
Our church sang Surrounded by Michael W. Smith this past week. It’s a very simple song. Two lines repeat.
“This is how I fight my battles,” and “It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You.”
No matter what it looks like or what it feels like or how hopeless it seems, God is with us. He surrounds us with His love, His peace, His comfort, and whatever else we need to get us through our circumstances. He’s our comforter and our protector.
Have you ever had a moment (or several) where you faltered, but Jesus reached His hand out to you in a tangible way? I’d love it if you share and encourage others who might be walking through something and are unable to see the end.