321. Full Circle Faith

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“The other day,” Stan began, “we talked about the account of Peter getting out of the boat to walk on the water.”

“We did,” I responded.  “I’ve always been captivated by that story.”  [Note to reader:  See Posting Number 320, “What Does Your Boat Look Like?”]

“There are some more things I want to talk about concerning Peter’s adventure.”

“What do you have, Stan?” I responded.

“Peter experienced a full circle of faith,” Stan said.  “I have no idea how long Peter’s adventure lasted, and it doesn’t really matter.”

Continuing, he said, “What does matter is that Peter came full circle.  He got out of the boat and was walking on the water towards Jesus.  That is what I am to be doing all of the time — getting out of myself and walking toward Jesus to be with Him.”

“Then Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and began looking at the wind.  Bad move!  I do the same thing all of the time.  I take my eyes off of Jesus and look at ‘the wind’ in my life, the circumstances I face.”

“Then what happened?” Stan asked, but continued without waiting for a response.  “Peter got afraid and he began to sink.  He allowed his mind to focus on his circumstances rather than on Jesus and he was more afraid of the circumstances than he was faithful in Jesus.  Been there, done that.”

Continuing, Stan said, “Then Peter closed the circle by coming back to faith.  He cried out to Jesus.  Smart move and a great practical approach for me in everything I face. Keep my focus on Jesus, but if I wander away I need to be smart enough to come full circle and return.”

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But seeing the wind, he (Peter) became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Matthew 14:30.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for the truth of Scripture and the practical applications you have for me, my life, and my walk with you.  I confess that too often I take my eyes off of you and focus on my circumstances and become afraid, rather than resting in the security of your arms.  Please forgive me.  And please, Lord, lead me, and help me to follow, in trusting you fully in all of my circumstances and in being wise enough to call out to you if I wander away.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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