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January 4, 2013

“As soon as the meal was finished, Jesus insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead across to Bethsaida while He dismissed the congregation.” Mark 6:45,The Message. I recommend you read through to verse 56 (see http://www.biblegateway.com).

When I read this verse I saw so clearly a picture I will try to portray to you. The shore where they were with Jesus represents familiar territory. These men who were yielded to Jesus were being instructed to cross over to another place. More than once my Father has shown me to leave something very comfortable and go to a totally different shore. In order to get there I’ve had to go across unfamiliar territory to get where He wanted me to go. Going across on water is a good word picture of that. It’s unsteady, you can easily lose your balance, and the wind can play havoc on you as it tosses you around.

All that’s ahead of you seems unexpected as you think about the new shore, so fear of the present and fear of your new future can whip you around. When I get in a place like this I’m not looking at my Pilot/ Tour Guide. I’m forgetting that He is with me, always.

My thoughts immediately went to a young man who is currently in treatment for alcoholism. He is in this exact position. He’s been on one shore and is now in uncharted territory as he crosses over to a life of sobriety. He has a lot to face. It is very much like heading out to sea when you’ve never been on the water, headed to live on the opposite shore that you’ve never even seen.

With the recent move I’ve made I have been in this same scenario the last ten months. To be quite honest, I’m not sure if I am still in the boat being tossed around or if I’ve landed and am still learning my way around.

Whether you’re there right now or not, you’ll be in the boat at some time in your life. The answer (not the way I live 100% of the time) is to keep your eyes on the One Who is always faithful, always with you. He is not only the Pilot in your boat if you let Him, He is also your Tour Guide once you hit land. Even better yet, He is the Divine Realtor, leading you to where you’re supposed to be. Keep your eyes on Him, talk to Him about what you’re feeling, cry out for help, and know that He is ALWAYS with you.

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