“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?’”If you’re anything like me, you feel a lot like Peter in this scene when God asks you to move. Whether you’re feeling terrified, courageous, daring, or afraid, you can empathize with Peter’s situation. For me, I was scared that God might forget me. I was worried He might abandon me to a foreign environment without friends or family for comfort. I was worried things wouldn’t work out with housing and I would end up on the street. But do you know what happened? God answered my prayers. Every. Single. One. Many times I received answers in spectacular ways. I wish I could say in that moment I packed up my things and trusted in God to be faithful. But I didn’t, really. For quite a while, I still hesitated, still doubted, just like Peter; my eyes shifted from God’s faithfulness. First, I hesitated to get out of the boat; then I took a step of faith out of the boat; finally in the midst of all the craziness, my eyes shifted and I started to sink. I was too scared to leave what I had known my entire life and follow God into the unknown. It took a lot of prayer for me to turn my eyes back to God’s faithfulness but when I did it was more than worth it. Moving to North Carolina caused me to grow in ways I couldn’t have if I’d stayed at home. It forced me to focus on God during the times when I felt completely alone. It was in those moments that I realized He is all I need, no matter what is going on around me. God has so many amazing things planned for us if we only take that first step into the unknown. The gospel promises that God will never leave us or forsake us, even if we stumble along the way, He’ll help us get back up. God is inviting us to a full and abundant life, but we have to put our trust in Him and step out of the boat. The only thing He asks of us is to trust Him enough to take that first step out of the boat and leave the familiar behind. Written by: Leah Brotzman, PPM Recruiting Specialist
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