Don’t Look Down!

A few weeks ago my daughter received a new bike. She had never ridden a bike before so this new toy came with some help, training wheels. The morning we presented her with the bike we went outside to help her ride it. She was having a hard time pedaling, steering, and looking up at the same time. She kept looking at her feet to try and position them on the pedal correctly so that she could P.U.S.H. off of them to propel forward. About thirty minutes later my patience was almost out of the window and I started saying to her (with an attitude I’m sure) “Stop looking down! Just pedal! P.U.S.H. your feet forward and just pedal. Every time you look down you lose your footing, balance, and direction!” It was in that moment that God spoke…

He took me to the lake where Jesus was…“Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 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!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:25-33 NIV

Just as Peter began to focus on his surroundings, instead of Jesus, he began to sink. In the same manner, my daughter kept looking down at her feet and began to wobble, get frustrated, and eventually ran into a mailbox! What I find interesting is once Peter made it to Jesus, the winds stopped, but he had to 1) get out of the boat to do it 2) call out to Jesus and 3) keep his eyes on Jesus so that he would not be harmed.  Are you afraid to get out of the boat or are you out of the boat but trying to find your own way without the help of the Lord?

The Bible tells us “we walk by faith and not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV.  Looking at your feet, or in this case the pedal, is not going to do you any good. It will cause you to wobble, lose your footing, and eventually run into something because you are not looking up!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for reaching out to me when I wasn’t so sure at times. You are so awesome, so great, and so Holy. You know just when I need You the most. Lord I ask that as I continue on this faith journey, please give me the confidence to trust You and the strength not to look down. I want to follow in the Spirit by walking by faith. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you not to look down. Look forward, look ahead. Just P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens) your feet on the pedal and God will carry you to your destination. Don’t get distracted by your surroundings, they may cause you to waver. Instead, look up! Be encouraged by Psalm 121 (NKJV).

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Fear of Falling

Ladies, are you looking down when you should be looking up?


As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6.  She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three year old daughter where they attend St. Luke Christian Church.

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