Faces

The past week or so, I’ve been drawn to the story in Matthew 14:24-33, Peter walking on the water. I see so many “faces” of Jesus in the passage.

To set the stage:
Jesus has had a busy day, emotionally and in ministry, and has sent the disciples ahead by boat. Jesus retires to be alone. Later that night, the disciples find themselves amidst high waves and choppy seas. Jesus, not having a boat (which is not a problem for Jesus) walks out to them.

As Jesus walks towards them, the disciples don’t recognize him, even though He is walking right towards them. Face one: sometimes He’s smack in front of us, and yet we don’t, or can’t, quite grasp that He’s Here. Jesus’s response? “Take courage!”

Peter calls out, “Tell me to come to you on the water!” Face two: Jesus Releasing Power. That which couldn’t be accomplished without Him, is accomplished by the power of Words.

Peter gets distracted by the wind. He sees the wind. Did you catch that? “Sees” the wind. Taking his eyes off Jesus, Peter is distracted. Face three: Jesus Waits for the cry for help.

“Lord…”

Face four: Jesus is Instantly Close, reaches out and catches Peter. “Why did you doubt?”

The storm is over.

I am captured by the four faces of Jesus in this short adventure.

• He’s Here. Within our eyesight, or not. Take courage.
• Jesus Releases Power. All is possible with Him.
• Jesus Waits. For our cry.
• Jesus is Instantly Close. Catching us. Supporting us. Calming the storm.

Often, I pray, “I want to see Your face.” Each of these glimpses, in the midst of a problem, is an opportunity to see Him anew. Imagine the possibilities as we look around.

Would love to hear of your sightings.

“Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:33

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Thank you.

Lord, you are the God of awe, the God of wonder, the God who amazes. Daily, minute by minute, second by second. You are the God who parts the sea and who delivers from captivity, with riches. Who causes walls to collapse at the sound of trumpets.

The victory is Yours!

You are the God who continues to astonish us. You’re the God who is above all and yet loves to be close. You are the God who gives sight to the blind and opens the ears of those who cannot hear. You are the God who brings the pieces together and mends the brokenhearted. You are the God of hope. You are the God who loves in good times; and who cherishes, comforts, and strengthens in challenging times. You’re the God of opportunity. Of second and third chances. You are the God who welcomes at the open door, who hears, who sees, who is always with us and will never leave us. You are the God who dwells in our hearts and in glory-filled heavens. You are the God who is close, yet around all.

Thank you, God. On Thanksgiving and at all times. Today and tomorrow and forever, I choose to be thankful to you for being our God.

To You, Lord, be all the power, all wisdom and all strength. All the honor, all the glory and all the praise. Amen

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Rest.

Jesus knew how to rest. He knew how to withdraw from the maddening crowd. He knew when rejuvenation was the priority.

In that place of rest, that He gained a quiet confidence with Poppa. Their relationship went back years. It didn’t happen just when He needed it. It was quietly and intentionally cultured over Jesus’ short life. “Poppa, let’s chat. Let’s walk. Let’s just sit and be quiet.” Can you hear Poppa? “Son, I love you. I cherish our time together. Just turn your heart toward me. I’m here. Nothing can stand against you, because I love you and I love being with you. All things are possible for you, My Son!”

It was there that he learned to give his cares to Poppa. In return, Poppa gave wisdom, His peace, and His secrets. (Not that He had to—He wanted to.) It was there that Jesus learned to love so deeply and what was on Father’s heart.

Whenever I’m with Jesus, He’s so calm. So still. So confident. So intentionally with me. He is teaching me to be gentle and humble. (I am so still learning!) He is teaching me to find rest for my soul. Something to remember in this coming season.

Wait on Him. Focus on Him. Rest with Him. Will you?

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29

“Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him…” Psalm 37:7

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More.

What a great weekend! A Saturday of “down time” because of the snow. Simply divine.

Today, Sunday, we drove down the street near where we live and the heavy snow on the trees was spectacular! As is so often the case, too much of a good thing is not always good. The snow was beautiful, but we saw an entire tree downed—I suspect because of that same heavy snow. That can be said for many things, some water is good, but not if you’re unexpectedly in the middle of the ocean with a broken boat—or even worse, no boat. Love my recent discovery of cream in coffee. Do not love calories in same cream. One Thai chili pepper is good, two is definitely not.

With Jesus, however, more is always good.

“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” Luke 8:8

The seed is the Word. The Word is Jesus. More Jesus is more hope. More healing. More faithfulness. More kindness. More gentleness. More holiness. More truth. A hundred times more.

Jesus loved on the woman caught in adultery. Forgave her. His seed of love has grown into a movement of 2.1 billion believers. Let us be imitators of His great love.

More Jesus. More good. Fall in love with Jesus—all over again. Simply divine.

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the One.

As I start to write this first entry in the blog, there are a zillion things running through my mind. Although I’d love the share the most recent wonderful recipe Randy’s cooked up, or what’s going through my brain about my kids, church, outreach, or school, I keep coming back to the same One. Jesus. He’s really the only thing I want to share. (Ok – I confess – there will be paintings on my blog – but I could easily even go without those. Maybe.)

So what can I share about Jesus? Maybe just the fact that no less than few years ago, I decided to read the entire Bible. Why? To get to know Jesus. He seems pretty important to God. (The only way is through Him, after all.)

After several trips through the Bible, do I know Him? Lets be honest and say, I’m getting to know Him. I think He might be a tad more complex that I think. Extravagantly, outrageously, more complex. He is Light. He is my bread and the gate. He is Life. His joy is my strength. And yet simple. He is Love.

Sometimes He’s fun. Sometimes He’s quiet. Sometimes He’s silly. Sometimes He’s serious. Sometimes He’s comforting. Sometimes He’s challenging. Always, though, He’s Love.

So, with all humility, not because I know it all, but because I know very little. That’s what I want this blog to be. About Him. I hope you’ll join me now and then.

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