Calm the Storm

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Today I have just finished celebrating the 4th birthday of our sweet daughter. The pride and joy she brings is incomparable. While I celebrate the day she was born, it also brings back some tough memories for me because her birth brought on physical, mental, and even spiritual battles.
Now, we are in the very last leg of welcoming our second daughter into the world any day now, and those memories sometimes trump the excitement we feel. I have been praying for peace and comfort, strength and safety, and calm instead of fear. My husband and I have been able to share our story with others continuously the past four years, but even more the last nine months because of what God is doing in our family. He has been working miracles, and we stay amazed at all He continues to bless us with. But in my mind still, I am wrestling with the storm of fear that should be replaced with this affirmed faith He has given us.
I am reminded of the story where Jesus walks on water to reach the disciples’ boat. When they saw Him, they immediately knew this was in itself a miracle to see someone walking on water. But Peter wasn’t satisfied there. He insisted that Jesus call him to come out and walk on the water as well. When Peter stepped out of the boat, he was also the immediate recipient of this miracle. But it quickly states in Scripture that Peter looked down at the water and took his eyes of Jesus, the author of this miracle. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. Did this discount the miracle in the first place that Jesus and Peter were both walking on water just because Peter began to sink? Absolutely not! However, Peter’s perspective changed, and he fell as fast as he realized the miracle. It doesn’t end there, though. Jesus could have very well looked at Peter’s lack of faith in that moment and said, “Sorry, Peter. I can’t help you if you don’t have enough faith.” And Jesus would have been entitled to do so. However, Jesus came and lifted Peter out of the water to increase his faith that much more.
I was reading a blog earlier this week and a quote from the author hit me like a ton of bricks.
“Even the strongest believers will waiver if they take their eyes off of the One who knocked on the door in the first place.”
She was referring to opportunities that Christ has given us. Chances to show real faith in who He is and what He has done and will continue to do if only we can keep our eyes on Him. The author of the miracles.
For me, sharing my story is an opportunity. Believing in each miracle that God has revealed to my family even just the last few months has given us a renewed faith. However, I also take my eyes off Jesus when fear gets in my way. When Satan tries to come and fill my mind with doubt or frustration or even anxiety about things that are out of my control, it is only because I have taken my eyes of the One who offers me the chance to daily increase my faith. When I allow fear to overtake my faith, it is not Jesus’ fault. In fact, He doesn’t even let me stay in that mindset, because He comes to lift me up out of the water I feel like I’m drowning in and set my faith on His steady promises.
I am praying for God to continue to calm my storm and increase my faith. My focus need not waiver because He is the author of the hope that gives substance to my faith.

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One Comment

  1. Shelly Johns
    Posted December 10, 2017 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful season for renewed faith, Jill! I am also praying and trusting God to calm me in and through the storm. Thanks, Jill.

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