Rock, Paper, Scissors

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18

Peter, Petra, rock. Rocks sink when you throw them in water. So why would Peter get out of a perfectly good boat, knowing his name is rock and think he could walk on water? Granted, there was a storm so the boat could have taken on water. And Peter might have thought he didn’t want to sink with the rest of them. But no one else made like they were going to get out. So why, Peter?

Perhaps he did it for the same reason we all do seemingly insane things. Things no reasonable human would ever think of doing. The Lord called him out.

He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. Matthew 14:29

Like quitting your job before you have another. Who does that!?! Well, me for one.

Several years ago I got this feeling that God was calling me out of my comfortable life and go all in and trust Him. At first, I was like the other disciples in the boat. “Thanks, but no, Jesus. I think I’ll just stay right here where I know what to expect and how to fight my current battles.”

But God was having none of that. He kept on pushing and tugging. Finally, the time seemed right. The stars aligned and the pain of staying where I was, like I was, became greater than the fear of stepping into the unknown.

I made a conscious effort to put my life and the life of my family in some order. I made a point to get certifications and training in areas that I felt a passion for. We got debt-free and saved enough to cover expenses for a while. And there were a couple of leads for part-time employment in areas that would be a great fit for me.

But when it came time to leave a perfectly good position with a great company, there was no job on the horizon. In fact, the position I applied for had just been given to someone else.

Even then, I felt an overwhelming peace with the decision. When Jesus calls, we should come, just like Peter.

The key is to keep our eyes on Jesus, our provider. If we shift our focus to His provision — promotions, wealth, education, homes, or even our relationships, — we can sink. Like Peter.

But all we have to do is call his name, “Jesus,” and He is faithful to save us from drowning. Our pastor has a favorite song that comes to mind now.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

His words shall not fail you, He promised
Believe Him and all will be well
Then go to a world that is dying
His perfect salvation to tell

When we step out into the deep of our calling and keep our sights on the Lord, like Peter, we will want to share it with the world.

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Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.

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