The unknown is not always easy to face. While, no one is sure of what will happen in the next moment, there are some who find themselves on the edge of fear, asking, “What next?”
I’ve learned that no matter how unclear the future seems, if, I go where Jesus says to go, there’s no reason to fear. I’m not saying it’s an easy journey; however, it’s the way to live with a powerful outcome. In the end, I need to spend time in prayer and scripture to receive wisdom and direction, and then, willingly go forward. Even, then, it’s difficult to go forward, especially for us planners, when nothing seems sure.
The key to moving forward into the unknown is choosing to be courageous, trusting Jesus to be present and at work.
When you get down to it, courage is taking the action to move forward, regardless of fear.
In his account of Jesus, Matthew described the scene of Jesus’ disciples facing the unknown on a stormy dark night in the middle of a lake. To understand how they felt, we must take the time to review their day of miracles.
Thousands of people had come to Jesus, the sick had been healed and the hungry thousands were fed with five loaves of bread and two fish. Each miraculous moment had created more excitement and anticipation for the next supernatural moment.
But. They took a dive into the reality of the stuff of life. As the day came to a close, Jesus told the disciples to go ahead of him, to cross the other side of the lake, while he attended to sending the people on their way home. I’m sure they were enthusiastic to do whatever Jesus asked after the day of miracles. So. They went where they were told to go.
Jesus, in his humanity, looked forward to a time of peace and quiet. After the people left, Jesus went into the hills to pray alone in the night.
Imagine his need to get away from all the pressure of people and their needs.
However, the disciples did not have an opportunity to breathe and relax. A storm blew in as they attempted to get to the other side. It was an intense scene as high winds, sideways rain, and powerful waves attacked them in the darkness. And. In the midst of their struggle, they saw someone coming towards them.
Fear swept over them as they faced the unknown of the moment, seemingly without Jesus, most certainly asking, “What next?”
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” (Matthew 14:27, NLT).
At first glance, walking on the water seems to be the miraculous point of the story; however, we need to look closer. The disciples obeyed Jesus. He said, “Go.” They left immediately, following his instructions.Without warning, the sunny, miraculous day turned into a stormy, frightening night.
Yet, even in the darkness of the stormy sea, Jesus knew where they were at and met them in their fear. The thing is . . . when we go where God directs us to go . . . there’s no need to be afraid for the next moment.
Put it on the life list: Courageously go where God says to go.
- Hang on for the ride of a lifetime in the light of the day, in the darkness of the night, and when a storm blows in as you move closer to the other side.
- Take Jesus’ words to heart now and in the next moment: “Don’t be afraid. Take courage. I am here.”
Learning to Kickstart the day courageously going where God says to go,
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)