As I sat quietly in the distance, I watched with anticipation a little boy holding tightly to his dad. “Are you ready,” the father would say to his son. In the shallow end of the swimming pool, the father was attempting to teach his child how to swim for the very first time. The youngster was excited about the new adventure yet a little apprehensive about all it included. 

The daddy’s plan for instructing his son involved holding on to him as he swam. Still, the little boy was afraid of letting go. “Do you trust me?” asked the daddy to his son. “I trust You,” said the boy. Then, out of the mouth of the dad came one phrase that gripped my heart most profoundly. “Even if you let go of me,” said the dad, “I will not let go of you.” 

At times in life, God ushers us into new seasons—adjacent with ordained processes that at first may appear a little frightening. God may call us to step out of our comfort boats to march on new waters or summon us to pull up our anchors that keep us tied to a solace dock. Why? It is so that we can swim out with the Lord into the deep waters of all that He has for our lives. Yet, oftentimes, when the moment arrives to step out or to let go, we may be tempted to shrink back due to fear. 

As Christians, we will always hear the same words from our Heavenly Father as the child heard from his earthly one, “Do you trust, Me?”

God always sees the bigger picture. No matter the boats, He beckons us to “step out of,” or the docks He bids us to “let go of,” we can know with certainty He will be faithful to His own, never letting go even when we falter. Do not miss the opportunity to obey the Lord’s calling for your life. A great gulf of blessings is waiting for you to step out in faith.  

“Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ And He said, ‘Come!’ And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, ‘You are certainly God’s Son!’” (Matthew 14:28-33).

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