I am sitting at Sisters Coffee House right now tucked away upstairs where I am reading and preparing for tonight's Young Life club talk. With the rain falling outside on a beautiful Portland fall day, I sit and reflect on the power of our God. Butterflies begin to fill my stomach as the excitement grows to tell these high school kids about a Jesus that not only makes the wind and waves obey him, but a gentle God who loves and listens. Why do we have such little faith in this God? Or perhaps I should speak for myself when I say that I control and manipulate my life which is really just an illusion. It's the times that I get afraid and I "see the wind" that I start to sink when God has called me to walk upon the water with him. Just like Peter I get scared. Just like Peter I look around at my circumstances rather than staring straight ahead at my God who would never let me sink. I begin to take matters into my own hands as if I believe I am more capable than God to handle my life. I do not want to be a woman of little faith. I want to take courage like God asks us to, knowing that he is with me and that he will calm the raging seas and the overwhelming winds if we just get out of our boat and focus on him.
Tonight I get to share this similar message with 60+ high school students who are in desperate need of God. Will you pray that God would speak through me and that he would be seen, not me? Will you pray for these kids to take faith in a God that won't let them sink?
Read Matthew 14:22-33 if you are curious what I am talking about, or Mark 4:35-41.
Love and Taking Faith