The Queen of Chaos has chosen trust for her word for 2013.
It occurred to me that her word can tie in so easily with my word, "fearless," because you can really only be fearless if you trust.
If you are a child of God and trust Him and believe His word, you can be fearless in any situation.
Not initially, of course. You have to analyze the situation and then realize that He has it under control. I mean, you are human, after all.
Matthew 14:27 (NKJV)
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
You know the story, don't you?
It had been a long day.
It was already evening when Jesus decided to feed the 5,000 instead of sending them away to rummage for food in every little hole-in-the-wall they came across on their way home.
I don't pretend to know how long it took for the disciples to find the little boy's lunch of bread and fish, or how much time went by as the disciples got everyone settled and divided into groups. I'm sure it took awhile after Jesus blessed the food and started handing it out to the disciples for everyone to receive their food and eat it. (After all, the 5,000 was just the men - you know there had to be some ladies and children in that crowd as well.) Then there was clean-up, the gathering of left-overs ...
By then, Jesus needed some time to Himself.
He sent the disciples across the lake in a boat, and sent the crowds home.
So after everyone was gone, He went to the top of the mountain to pray. Since He was fully human as well as fully God, I'm pretty sure He just wanted some peace and quiet. You see, He had just learned that morning that John the Baptist (who was actually His cousin) had been killed.
Somewhere between 3 and 6 a.m., Jesus decided to go to the aid of the disciples. A storm had arisen and they were worn out trying to keep their boat afloat.
He just walked out to them in the middle of the sea!
Of course, the sight of Him walking towards them freaked them out. Jesus reassured them and told them not to be afraid.
Peter, God love him, wanted to join Jesus walking on the water. Jesus told him to come ahead. As long as Peter's eyes were on Jesus, he was able to walk on the water, just like Jesus. The instant he took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink.
It all comes back to trust. If He tells you to walk on water, you can. You just have to focus on Him.
And if you don't, you're sunk!
This post was written in response to a prompt from Writer's Workshop: 3.) Trust. (inspired by Queen of Chaos) You can read other posts on this and other subjects at Kathy's blog, Mama's Losin' It.