My Journey Along the Narrow Way

Yay!

So I just got some great news!

It isn’t something I can share just yet but just suffice it to say that God has shown out yet again!!!

Sometimes I feel so much like an Israelite in that I continually seem to forget how great God is and to remember His past deeds. I wonder why that is?

Deuteronomy 4:9

Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren.

Psalm 77:11-13

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?

God has shown Himself faithful to me (and my family) again and again. And when I stop to think about it I am so thankful and amazed. But the problem is that I don’t seem to stop and think about it near enough. I seem to be content to just go through my life consumed with looking down and plodding ahead.

It reminds me of when Peter walked on the water.

Matthew 14:22-33

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.”

Notice how Peter was fine until he took his eyes off of Jesus. But even more than that…like me, I wonder how much Peter missed of what Jesus was showing him by taking his eyes off of Him?

And also, see what the other disciples observed as they were watching what the Lord was doing:

Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Wow! I have got to look up. I am missing so much of His beauty and holiness.

And I definitely need to quit being so surprised when my Heavenly Father gives me good gifts and blessings. Scripture even tells us that God gives us good things if we ask (and even when we don’t).

Matthew 7:7-11

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

For now, I am remembering the past deeds of my Father and rejoicing in the blessing He has chosen to bestow on me.

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