O YOU OF LITTLE FAITH,
WHY DID YOU DOUBT?By M. Elaine Tomasello
May 22, 2014
Walks on the Water
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out,“Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
This is a favorite of mine. When I read it, I cannot help but think of my own daily life and how it can be so similar to this.
I am going along believing and following Jesus as best as I can. Everything is smooth & calm. I know Jesus is in control and I am confident in Him.
Then it happens. A unexpected bill comes in; a unexpected repair. And suddenly I feel just like Peter did. I get scared & afraid. How am I going to pay this? Where will I get the money? How will we afford groceries too? What am I going to do? I begin to sink! What am I going to do? I should be saying What is Jesus going to do. He is the one who is in control of the situation. It is only a test. And almost every time, I fail it; at first. Till I start praying. And I find myself saying, “Lord, save me! I cannot but You can!” Jesus always reaches out to me and pulls me back from the brink of disaster (or what I presume is a disaster). And I can hear him say to me, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
And when the winds have ceased and the sea is calm, I say to myself, “Truly you are the Son of God!”
by Elaine Tomasello
Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. Zephaniah 3:17–19 ESV
All my life I have felt like an “outcast”. The last one picked to play games in gym class. The one left without a partner for projects in science class. The one who watches the car drive away for a fun day. The one who sees other people's dreams come true but longs for the day just one of her dreams come true. The one no one notices; doesn't see. The one who feels totally alone in the middle of a crowded room. The one who never lights up a room but instead walks through a crowd totally unnoticed. The one no one ever remembers. The one who suffers in silence because no one bothers to talk to her and no one bothers to notice when she is crying and hurt by the way people pass her by as if she were a ghost that no one even sees. The way she feels “ugly” because not one boy talks to her in school, let alone ask her for a date. Ignored, unseen, a ghost! That is how I have felt all my life until I found out how much the LORD loves me! ME! He doesn't care that I am not the most popular person, not the most intelligent, the most talented, or the most talkative. He sees me as I am. What He made me to be. I am fearfully and wonderfully made by God - “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14) . He knows every hair on my head. He made me to be what I am. So how can I be an outcast? I may be meek and humble, but “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5) So I think, maybe being “popular” is not all it is cracked up to be. I would rather be what I am, what God made me to be, and not what others want me to be. “Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NLT)
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them.’
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves (and GOD). Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
ALWAYS REMEMBER :
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Worry about nothing, pray about everything!!!
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