When my boys were young, I enjoyed listening to them play in the backyard. They engaged in a variety of adventurous escapades that required them to play a plethora of roles. Sometimes, they were brave firemen, cowboys, valiant police officers, or superheroes who would jump off the swing set.
Other times, they were skilled athletes who would make the winning touchdown, basket, or scoring run, which came by way of a dramatic slide into home plate. Their venturesome play, often resulted in bumps, bruises, skinned knees, and split open chins. But, to them it was worth the thrill.
The human heart yearns for adventure. That desire has been deeply nestled within each of us by a wildly spirited God. So many great biblical heroes experienced risks and were given tasks that loomed larger than their human capabilities. We inherently know that bravery lies within us. We were made to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.
Yet, the hard realities of life have a way of smacking adventure right out of our hearts.
I’ve had to remind myself to embrace adventure. By nature, I am fearful. I don’t feel comfortable putting myself out there. My tendency is to play it safe, which reduces my life to one of going through predictable manageable motions. I live small. I don’t want to do that, nor do I want to model that for my kids.
Over the years, it has been a step of grace infused faith to cultivate an intrepid spirit and take some healthy risks. I have honestly tried to encourage my kids to embrace the experiences of their lives. Try out for things. Dream big.
Friends, God wants more for all of us. He understands that we need adventurous lives punctuated with deep meaning and purpose. Misguided restless hearts often look for excitement in unhealthy places.
Jesus beckons us to come to Him just like He beckoned Peter to come, get out of the boat, and experience the thrill of walking on the water.
Trusting Him allows us to bravely take those deliberate intentional steps to get out of our boats.
Peter never faltered in stepping out, but he began to fearfully plunge when he took his eyes off Jesus.
Unflinchingly, we must silence the screaming accusations of the enemy, our own condemning voices, circumstances, and the loud naysayers in our lives, surrendering this swirling chaos to Jesus. Modeling this for our kids is a gift.
He must be our focal point. When our human frailties cause us to sink in the sea of our own fearful doubts, we can unashamedly reach out for Jesus to catch us. Steady us.
It is worth the risk of looking foolish or weak in the eyes of others. Our quality of life and calling may be at stake. And, the eyes of our offspring are watching our actions and responses.
We belong to an adventurous God who yearns to give us our own personal “walk on the water” experiences with Him. He knows how adventure revives the human heart.
Friends, let’s accept His invitation to glorious life giving adventures. They are ours to experience, embrace, and enjoy… Let your life tell a great story.
Scripture of the Day:
“Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. (Matthew 14:28-29, ESV)
Jesus, we thank You for the invitation to join You in this adventure called life. Help us to have the courage to ignore our fears and follow You. Your way is best.We desire for our lives to be a great story. Today, we accept Your divine invitation to come like Peter and have our own walk on the water experience with You. Amen
Author: Maryanne Abbate