I really wanted to go for a walk, but rain was in the forecast. I kept wondering if I could get my walk in before the rain actually came. I hesitated…and hesitated…and before I knew it, I could have taken my walk and been back home. Finally I just stepped out the front door and started walking. My thought was, “If I get wet…I get wet, so what!”
The walk was just what I needed! I was able to clear my head, experience some creative juices flowing, and even walk in the rain. I was at least three-fourths the way through before I even felt the slightest drop of rain. The rain was actually refreshing! It made me feel even more alive as it graced my face and released the fragrances of spring.
Unfortunately, sometimes that’s how we approach life. We hesitate… and we over think the “what ifs.” We allow the uncertainties of life to keep us from enjoying walking in the rain. We miss out on the experiences that color our life with meaning and fulfillment.
2Timothy 5:7 says, “We walk by faith and not by sight.” Instead of trying to predict the weather forecast God says to walk in faith. Why? Because He controls the weather…the storms…the “what if’s.” He promises that He will be with us. “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Is. 41:10
Do not fear, God is with you!
Do not be anxious, God is with you!
Do not look around at the “what ifs” God is with you!
Don't over think life! God is with you!
“When you pass through the waters, I (God) will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.” Is. 43:2
Don’t let the "hesitations" of life keep you from experiencing walking in the rain. God will strengthen you and uphold you as you walk through the “what ifs.”
This reminds me of the story of Peter when he walks on the water to Jesus. He didn’t allow the storm or the possibility of drowning keep him in the boat. Instead Peter asked Jesus to command him to walk to him on the water and he did! Peter knew Jesus could empower him to walk on the water. He also knew that the best place to be was with Jesus. In doing so, he experienced something that no one else can talk about. He experienced a satisfaction, a fulfillment, a joy that only comes when we solely depend on Jesus. How was this so? It was because Peter didn’t let fear and the uncertainties keep him in the boat. He stepped out in faith!
John Ortberg, in his book If You Want To Walk On Water, You’ve Got To Get Out Of The Boat, says this, “If you want to walk on water, you have to be willing to get your feet wet first. Then you discover it is worth the risk.”
We will never discover our greatest potential and experiences the blessings of living life fully with Jesus until we step out of the boat—until we decide to get wet!
Are you over thinking life and letting the uncertainties keep you from walking in the rain?
Don’t stay in the boat, get your feet wet and experience what it feels like to walk on water.
Leave a comment and share with me what steps you will take to get your feet wet?