http://youtu.be/iilc92XVd00 Ocean by Hillsong
This powerful song talks about our oceans in our life. Our ocean can stand for our fears and/or mission in life. It reminds me of the story in Matthew when Peter tried to walk to Jesus on the water:
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 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 14:22-33 NIV)
Here is a video that illustates the story:
What happened to Peter after he left the boat? Then, what happened after he saw the wind in the storm?
If Peter ignored the wind and stayed focus on Jesus, do you think he would have sunk? Jesus asked him, Why did you doubt?"
This illustration has really hit home for me. At work the past few weeks, I have been so busy with a varitey of different responsibilities and deadlines. There is pressure coming in from all different departments that depend on me. It has stressed me out to the point it has messed with my health. Although there are sick days I can take to get well, rest up, and get stronger, I fear the amount of work that will pile up while I'm gone. However, much like the song, story in the bible, and video, instead of staying focused on Jesus and keeping faith in Him to give me the impossible strength to endure the job pressures, I have watched the wind and the waves raising above me...just like Peter.
Do you have a similar story? Have you focused on Jesus or the wind?