I love Peter's experience of walking on the roaring sea with Jesus. But the thing is, Peter's story is often misunderstood. Do you have a step you need to take?
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“Mom, I can’t get out of my seat belt!“ my middle child softly admitted as the van pulled into the driveway.
I grinned, eyed him in the rear-view mirror and expected my 8-year-old to yell, “Just kidding!” as a jumped to his feet.
But no. There was sheer fear claiming every inch of territory of his face. Tears rolling steadily down his cheeks.
I twisted and turned my momma body to the rear of the van and planted myself gently next to him in the backseat. As I assessed the situation, I noticed that the buckle was dangling from the twisted knot he had managed to form from the strap. Every time he moved, the loop would get tighter against his skin.
How in the world do I find myself in these crazy predicaments?
Not only had he not been wearing his seat belt correctly, but he had also taken the joy out of the ride itself.
Any pinch, rub or burning sensation would send him into movements of arm flinching, leg kicking and stomach curls that only made the pain worse.
Long story short, with the help of an amazing friend, I literally cut my child out of the grip of the seat belt with a box cutter! I mean, really? Do these stories happen to anyone else out there?
As I made my way (finally) inside of the house, I began pouting to myself about the loss of a seat belt in the van. There was literally no other option to free my child, but it was still a loss.
I was upset that he was upset.
I was irritated that he had tried so vigorously to help himself that he actually made the situation worse.
I was totally beating up my ego convincing myself that I had failed this mom assignment.
And then my pity party gave way to a Truth so deep, sometimes it hurts to admit it.
Using pain incorrectly in our life can hold us back.
It literally traps us from living the life God created us to experience through Him.
How many times have I thought, “I need to figure this out” or “I got this, I just need more time.“
So many stories in my life end with, “but then I gave it all to God.”
God allows pain in our lives to increase our trust and intimacy with Him. If only I could stop fighting and trying to figure everything out long enough to simply rest in His hands.
Truths to keep close when fighting the urge to “figure it all out”
Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”
Isaiah 40:31: But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
If you are walking through a painful, restrictive time in your life, know that you are not alone friend. You are welcome here. The challenge this week for all of us is to enter into the rest that God promises by continually giving every moment, every situation and every fear over to Him.
Can it be done perfectly? Have you not heard about grace?
Will God use this time to build His purpose deeper into your life? Without a doubt. You just wait and see.
Walking with you! Have a great week!
Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!