Thursday, May 3, 2012

I Can See Clearly Now That I See Jesus

"Life works better when we know how to glance at things but gaze at God.  Seeing Him clearly will enable us to see all other things clearly." ~ Selwyn Hughes.
I'm reminded of the encounter between Peter and Jesus on the stormy sea of Galilee as told in Matthew 14:22-23.  The wind was blowing, the waves crashing and thrashing the boat, the sky dark and ominous, lightening flashing and thunder hammering the air when the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water toward their boat.  Peter called out, "Lord if that is truly you, bid me to come to you on the water."  Jesus reached out his hand and said, "Come".  Peter climbed over the side of the boat onto the water and began walking to Jesus, keeping his eyes fixed upon his Lord.  But then, his gaze drifted and he saw the waves, the sky, the wind.  At that point, he has lost his focus on the One who was keeping him above water, and began sinking into the sea.  Jesus reached down and took hold of Peter, saving him from death.  The waves and wind, lightening and thunder were there all the time, but as long as Peter kept his gaze upon the Lord, he walked on top of the storm!
Life is full of storms, some big, some small, some that seem to never pass.  The wind of circumstances can blow us side to side giving us little possibilities for rescue, but when we can keep our eyes fixed upon the One who calms the raging storms, we can walk on top of the troubled waters that life throws our way.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah. Psalm 46:1-3,7

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