Through the lenses of Peter this is what I envisioned happening the day Jesus walked on impossibilities...
The day was long and we had just finished with feeding 5,000 people. It was a joyous occasion because none of us could even imagine that a miracle like this could take place. Wow, Jesus just keeps on amazing us! Not to mention, we are all full from such a bountiful lunch.
I really wonder what's next, because He told us to get into a boat to go to the other side of the lake where He would catch up to us after His alone time in prayer. As we set sail I couldn't help but to expect more amazing miracles to happen. Before I knew it, the boat had sailed into rough waters and the wind started blowing at an unusually high rate. As the waters became increasingly uneasy, I started to evaluate how we were going to make it to our destination in one piece. Not to mention, all that fish we ate. The rough waters had started taking a toll on my stomach. I noticed that the other disciples were feeling the same way. The funniest thing was seeing Matthew turn shades of blue and green.
At this point, we had settled within ourselves that we were going to ride this one out. Isn't it funny how quickly we can tolerate and settle for certain things. No matter how rough they are, and no matter how our inner man tells us that this is an unusual experience. We settle and tell ourselves that it's just best to ride it out. Nothing inside you tells you that you have been through rough or even rougher waters before and came out miraculously unharmed. Nothing reminds you that the last time you were in this situation, Jesus calmed the waters. But we settle and try to ride it out. After all, we knew where Jesus was, but this time, calm wasn't in sight. I guess believing that things getting better were long gone and the fact that we may just die, resignated throughout our cognitive thinking. That's probably why we thought we were seeing a ghost.
We had been up all day feeding and ministering to people. Jesus was not there on the boat with us this time. A new day was on the horizon. Land was still far off, it was dark and it was impossible to see a peaceful outcome. Oh yeah! Did I forget to mention how many impossibilities we were experiencing and facing? How impossible it would be for us to call someone for help? How impossible it would be for Jesus to sense our calamity and interrupt His prayer time to calm the waves? Or maybe we would hit land sooner than I thought? After all, I am a skilled Fisherman. I know how to navigate a ship, especially on such a short journey.
After a while, we started hallucinating. The funny thing about hallucinating is that everyone sees something different. Someone saw a figure walking on the water that appeared to be a man. It was Jesus. Are you kidding me? I thought He was on the mountain praying! How did He even find us? I had to know for myself, was it really Him? Mark said it had to be Jesus and He had come to save us. John knew that if we get Him in the boat, He would calm things down again and save us.
But me...I had to know for certain. "If it is You Lord, allow me to come to You." He granted my request, and I got out of the boat and started walking on the water toward Him. The only time I ever got on or off the boat was when I was on solid ground. And here I am getting out of this boat just because Jesus said come. As I saw Him getting closer and closer, everything around me disappeared. All I could see was me getting closer and closer to Him.
I really don't know why, but I started looking around. I looked back at the boat and all the other disciples faces were amazed. I looked up and felt the strength of the wind pushing against me. I looked down and realized that I wasn't on solid ground, but I was walking on water just like Jesus. I remember the Priest talking about the time satan was talking to Eve and that he told her that if she ate of the forbidden fruit, she would be like God and not die.
At that point, I started to sink. My friends were too far away to help. I couldn't swim. Everything inside me said, "this is it." But Jesus reached out and pulled me back up! Then together, we walked back to the boat. In less than 24 hours, we witnessed Jesus do some impossible miracles. But this one affected me the most because in spite of it all, He picked me up when I was sinking and saved me.
Like this impossible miracle, we look at how Jesus rescues us when we are sinking, even when it's our fault. Each day He brings us into New Mercies and through New Impossibilities. We are His Bride and Jesus is The Bridegroom. He will always be there to catch us when we fall even when we are found walking on impossibilities.
Over and over in the scripture, God illustrates His Power. Whether through His Judgement, His Miraculous Power and above it all, through His Love. To be honest when you look at it, overall, it has and will always be His love for us. At the end of His Creation, He saved the Best for Last...Man and Woman. How wonderful and amazing it was that He formed us and has never stopped loving what He had formed.
This week has been a reflection of how Thankful I am to God for every step in my life, and with each step, as I look back, He has been carrying me and my family. If you were to ask me what I am Thankful for? I would have to say two words, "But God." Think about it for a moment; Everyone has had a "But God" moment. (15 second Praise Break!)
How many times in our lives has things looked totally dark and we knew the Book was about to be closed on Life..."But God" stepped in and said, "Not yet!" Or how many times did we receive bad reports and by all recollection, it should have ended up with bad outcomes, "But God" cancelled those reports and wrote New Ones! Time and time again, God steps in and changes the whole program. Even down to the time in scripture when God stepped in and stopped the sun from going down so that Israel could get the victory. (WOW) Joshua 10:13 KJV states, "And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day."
And if I can be a little transparent, I can't even believe how many times I have had a "But God" moment. From the time I was starring down a barrel of a shot gun all the way up to my everyday life now. At this point I am literally living a "But God" moment every single day. Every report says, "I'm not even suppose to be here." How amazing God is!
Let's be honest, everyone has a "But God" moment whether they admit it or not. Even Atheist have, "But God" moments. What? Well think about this, when you go outside and the Sun which is about 27 million degrees farenheit on its surface and by the time it reaches the earth, we only feel 100 degrees or less and are not consumed by its heat, "But God." Or when we go to the beach and the ocean waves only go so far and stop, "But God."
See it's contagious. How could you not be Thankful about every "But God" moment you have had or will have?
Thank you God for never leaving us...
We have been on an airplane when the Pilot comes over the speaker and says that during the flight, we will be experiencing some turbulence. He assures us that everything will be fine. And without hesitation, we generally calm down. But what happens when the Pilot assures us and yet the flight continues to be bumpy?
That's kind of what we experience through life, marriage, jobs and everyday moving. We want to continue to fly high, but all conditions prove that this is going to be a bumpy ride. Oh, it doesn't start off like that, but as time goes on...things happen and without warning, the calm trip turns into something totally different. Now, the first reaction is to bring the plane down and end the flight.
I was watching the Weather Channel one day and something interesting came across the television. The subject was tornados and although they spoke of how devastating the tornado is, its damage during the storm, all the caos it causes, in the eye of the storm was the most peaceful place. Things are turning, moving, breaking, all is dark and it seems as though nothing good can come out of this. And yet, at the very top of this storm, there is such a peace. A Peace with what the world can't give.
Every eye is on you, they know the fight that you have. They judge and tell you how impossible it is to accomplish any goals. Defeat is calling and telling you to decrease altitude, you are Soaring too high. They try to convince you that the AIR up there is too thin and you know you can't operate in those circumstances. You hear so much negativity that you begin to tell yourself that maybe decreasing altitude is the best option. I can't see in front or even looking back is blinding. Beneath me is sinking and I'm so weighed down that I dare not look up.
But God! (The Pilot) Knows every situation. He built us and in all His Children, He has put a certain level of strength that enables us to maintain altitude in adverse conditions. When birds fly high it takes strength to maintain altitude. They strive to get to an altitude that is right for them. Then when they get to the desired altitude, Soaring is easy - At that point they know they can maintain. They find a certain Peace at those heights. Getting there and maintaining takes work. God has instilled in His Children all the necessary equipment needed to get to that certain height and maintain altitude, even in adverse conditions.
Whatever the tools God has given you, flawed or not, keep maintaining altitude even if you can't see the finish line. Obstacles may be all around you, but keep maintaining altitude. Haters give you 101 reasons why you can't, but maintain your altitude. And even when the tornado hits and devastation is everywhere, keep maintaining altitude. We serve a God that gives Peace in the eye of the storm and with just one word, even the winds and the sea obey His words, "Peace be still."
The Chef and The Ref, as we are more affectionately called, are just two individuals who God joined together in the Spirit and then in the Natural to walk through the challenges of life together. We have been married for 27 years and have four amazing children. We get many calls, text and emails asking us questions about a variety of topics as it relates to marriage. This blog was inspired by the Holy Spirit and an answer to the growing demand of couples who inquire about our experiences in marriage as it relates to their own. We do not make any claims of being anything more than two sinners, saved by grace who wanted to give couples an opportunity to have safe conversations that will make their marriage stronger. The Chef and The Ref are both licensed and ordained Ministers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ who wanted to create a safe platform for married couples to converse about a variety of topics.