Therefore my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord… 1 Corinthians 15:58
When we feel overwhelmed Abounding in peace When we are grieving Abounding in comfort When exhausted Abounding in His strength When I am ashamed Abounding in forgiveness When sick Abounding in His healing When I am afraid Abounding in His courage Or alone Abounding in His presence And His promise To be with us always And that in Christ I can do all things!
“We ask you to give us a steadfast living faith, a firm trust, a holy hope, a perfect love, so that we may serve you with all our life and strength to the very end. Amen!” Amish Prayers compiled by Beverly Lewis
And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Matthew 14:32 NKJV
This short verse from Matthew’s gospel held a promise for me that I had overlooked till I desperately needed it. My mother was just sixty-two when she died of breast cancer and her passing left me feeling like I had been run over by a truck. The years struggling to rebuild our relationship, the prayers and the conversations were suddenly over. I felt as if I were locked in a room with barely enough air to breathe. I sleepwalked through months of guilt and regret for what had never been. I had often thought about God challenging me as He had challenged Peter to get out of the boat. At other times I had been comforted knowing that just as Jesus had reached out his hand to save Peter, He would take my hand in the middle of a crisis. But it was just as important for me to learn that Jesus wanted to help me back into the boat and restore calm when this storm had passed. I do not know how it happened but gradually light began shining in the dark places of my heart. I woke up to find that though I might never understand the why behind the pain, knowing only God knew had become enough
Do we struggle to see God as more than just challenging or rescuing us? What a wonderful surprise awaits when we realize that He is also delighted to help us back in the boat and calm our winds to a hush.