Faith and Fear are eternal enemies. Their place of battle is in a human life, where the mind with all its choir of darkness wages war against that recurring seedling of faith that emerges out of your heart. Its not too long before you cancel or forget that creative idea, because, “it wasn’t practical”, or “there was too much working against it”, and “everyone I talked to didn’t agree it was worthwhile pursuing”… But what about you? Did you beleive in yourself, your idea, enough to pursue it. After all its your life, isn’t life yours to decide what you want to do?
Peter was an impulsive man. He didn’t seem to filter his thoughts, he just spoke them. I don’t beleive he was easy to be friends with because if there was something he didn’t like about you, he would probably say it without reguard for your feelings. But there is a flip side to the coin of this personality that is precious. This is what children do. A childlike lifestyle is the secret to entrance into the kingdom of heaven, because one does not enter a spiritual life by analytical thinking. A child naturally at play doesn’t analyze consequences of each action he takes, he just plays the same way a bird flys and sings-naturally.
In Matt 14, Jesus sends his disciples into a boat without Him. Later they encounter rough waters and Jesus comes to them walking on the water:
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Peter communicated through his heart and not his mind. And because of his ‘childish’ belief, he momentarily experienced the Kingdom of Heaven, and walked on water. But as soon as he began to calculate (think analytically) the physical improbability of what he was experiencing, he was afraid and he began to sink.
Fear is the enemy of Faith. Faith asks Jesus for the impossible without thinking. God has given each of us a gift, a way to express God’s goodness on earth and through our unique ability, bring the Kingdom of God into our family, work, community. Even, or especially, our loved ones will be the ones to discourage our dreams. Don’t retaliate or be angry toward those who hate you for wanting to walk on water. You do your thing. What God has put on your heart is your thing. The Holy Spirit speaks to us through our Heart and desires, not through expert opinions of others.
If you died tommorrow, what would you have wished that would have been doing instead of what you are doing today?