by Lesley Cartwright
“But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” -Matthew 14:27
Are you a “boat-sitter” or a “water-walker”? Before you answer, think carefully about the dreams that you have put on hold. The one that you have banished to “one day”. Is it because you felt fearful to move ahead or because circumstances forced your hand? Whatever the reason, I want you to know that it is not too late! Age or ability shouldn’t be a factor. The time has come to move from “bridesmaid” to “bride” or from “best man” to “groom”. You can’t be a person-in-waiting forever.
So, what then is it that is holding us back? Fear, loss of hope, lack of expectation and planning that has gone MIA. All of these are major players in apathy. Waiting and procrastination is also another factor – “I will do it when I get paid”, or “I will do it when all my ducks are in a row”. If we keep putting it off till tomorrow, we will never do it.
Over-checking everything or incorrect goals can also hold you back in that you miss the “God moments”… the simple command to “come”. Often we miss it because it didn’t look the way we expected it to look. God uses the foolish things to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27). A farmer never sows seed when he observes the wind. Peter began to sink when he saw the wind and Jesus attributed that to a “small burst” of faith.
Take Action: Today, take steps towards getting out of your boat. Don’t over-rationalise it, but ready yourself with expectation. God specialises in your “impossibility”, so entrust it to him and become an active “doer” and not just a listener!