If you want to walk on water you have to get out of the boat…

Each week, Ben, Dennis, and I read part of the book, If you Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat, which is based on the story of Jesus and Peter walking on water, and we discuss different aspects of it and how it applies to our lives, so I thought I would share a piece of it.

“I believe there is something—someone—inside us who tells us there is more to life than sitting in the boat. You were made for something more than merely avoiding failure. There is something inside you that wants to walk on water—to leave the comfort of routine existence and abandon yourself to the high adventure of following God”               I have found myself relating to this quote from the book more and more everyday. I have found that I am constantly faced with the desire to get out of boat after boat—to leave my comforts and abandon myself in order to serve God with every aspect of my life. Being down here in Mexico has made me realize how great it can be to walk on water—not just to take risks, but to be obedient to God and take steps on faith in obedience. Even as I feel I am walking on water, I know that there are aspects of my life that are still like the other disciples—that are stilling clinging to the boat. Nevertheless, God has given me the desire live a life of radical abandonment for Him.

Each week, as we as a staff introduce ourselves, we are posed with the question of where we want to be in ten years. The others’ answers typically include a family and a profession that serve the Lord. As for me—I have found that I don’t really know where I want to be in ten years; all I know is that I want to be serving the Lord and living a life that brings Him glory. Where? Wherever He calls me. That seems like such the ‘churchy’ answer, but right now, no answer could be more genuine. Sitting here in Ensenada, MX, I can just as easily see myself in Mexico, or Honduras, or Iraq, or China, as I can in the United States. As someone put it the other night—missions will always be a part of my life—its in my blood. That’s where my heart is and that’s what I desire.

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