Sunday I decided to do something that I haven’t done in years. I chose to go to the skating rink to switch up the workout routine and have some fun at the same time. At first, I was really excited about it. Although it’s been a while, I do know how to skate. Granted, I am not like many of the ATLiens who can literally do Figure 8’s and look like they are members of the professional ballet; but I have mastered the basics.
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. Matthew 14: 27-28
I made my way to the floor, still confident, and just like I thought it came with ease. Before I knew it, I was skating and bobbing my head to the music with no issue. I had a few shaky moments when I wobbled, but I didn’t fall. I kept telling myself that even if I fell I would just get back up and keep it moving.
As the night progressed things changed and that faith and confidence slowly changed to fear. After a few rounds my legs began to BURN as every muscle fiber in my legs began to twitch. Great workout…Right? Eventually I found myself taking breaks on the sidelines looking at everyone skating majestically. Following each mini break I would head to the floor but each time my heart raced a bit more and that confidence was fading fast. I kept thinking about the aches and my bum knee. What if I fall? I am going to be utterly embarrassed. By this time, my confidence was nearly shattered and my heart pounded every time I even remotely lost my balance. What happened to my confidence?
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:28-31 NIV
Like Peter when I went to the skating rink I was confident. I trusted in what I knew (the basics) and didn’t fear falling; however, when I started noticing things around me I became shaky. As my legs burned I thought, ‘well maybe I am too out of shape.’ When one of my friends began to tell me that she realized she wasn’t skating correctly and proceeded to tell me that maybe I wasn’t either, my self-assurance further diminished. My mind was no longer on the main goal, having a great fun workout and instead I kept focusing on her words. Throughout the night I realized that I wouldn’t try moves that I knew because I now feared falling. I lost my focus.
Maybe you are like me; better yet, you are like Peter. You are believing in God for something just as Peter. He had complete faith that he could walk on water. Unfortunately distractions, like Peter’s wind and those seeds of doubt that were planted in my head, can cause you to lose focus. You may have asked God for a new car, new job, financial increase, healthy relationship but the evidence around you is starting to shake your faith. Maybe other people are even beginning to plant seeds of doubt based on their situation. We forgot what we already knew –the basics (the word of God). Peter showed that when you take your focus off Jesus and instead look at current circumstances it opens the gateway to fear. Your own anxiety can draw the very thing that you fear to you. Peter began to sink and by the end of the night I fell. But the good news is we were both able to recover when we shifted our focus and so can you.
Thank You for not giving me a spirit of fear because I know that fear is not of You. Help me to remain focused on the goal even when the physical evidence suggests otherwise. If I am lacking in faith, please help mine unbelief. Give me complete confidence in Your word so that when attacks come I will be able to stand on what I know and not falter. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to BELIEVE. No matter what the circumstances look like have faith and do not doubt. Even if you fall, trust God and know that you can recover.
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Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”