I was staying with Danny and Daveda on my last trip to Midland. One morning, the three of us were standing in the den by the door. The door was a glass door, and on the side of the door was daughter Kristi's new dog, Radar. Radar is a cute and very energetic dog who had the look of, "I wish they would let me in" all over him. There he was whining and shaking with anxiousness. About that time, Kristi walked into the room, and when Radar spotted her, you talk about a change in a dog! Radar's entire demeanor changed. It was as if someone just saturated this dog with hope. All of a sudden the whine changed to excitement..
Radar was no longer wishing we would open the door and let him in. It was like he didn't even know we were there anymore, his total focus was on Kristi. He was now full of hope, with an almost positive assurance that Kristi would open the door and he would be joining us in full force. As I pondered this situation, it dawned on me that so many of my problems occur when I lose sight of the Lord. Just like Radar, when I see the Lord, my whole demeanor changes. Hope is a product of seeing the One in whom you place your life and love.
I thought about Peter as he was walking across the water toward the One in whom he had placed his trust, when, all of a sudden, something caught his attention and diverted his look. As his eyes changed, so did his hope. All of a sudden, he had no hope, only the feeling of everything around him getting wet and the almost positive assurance of hi upcoming death. How many times, in my life, can I relate to this incident? My vision solidly, or so I thought, on the Lord, life moving along and me walking over all the situations that surround me, when suddenly, it is like the situations called my name and there I went. Just like Peter, I was wet all over and without any sustaining hope. If only I could have been more like Radar, and once my focus was on the Lord, just kept it there.
So many of our problems are like the problem that Peter faced when his hope shifted to hopelessness. After the Lord rescued him, once again, we never hear anymore about the storm.
In our life, we have many a storm come our way and with each and every one we have the same freedom as Peter, and that is to change our focus from the Lord to the storm. If we do, each one will have the sam result, major sinking will take place. Listen to what Paul tells us in Col. 3:1-2---So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the fround, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ---that's where the action is. See things from his perspective. (The Message)
I am thankful that the Lord rescued Peter, as well as the many times He has rescued me, but both mine and His objective is, that just like Radar, I keep my hope and trust in Him, without having to always be rescued. As we mature in Him, we are given the opportunity to learn to keep our focus on Him and His glory, thus learning to walk on the water instead of drowning in it. Thank you Lord for you hope, it keeps us focused on you, makingi us able to endure all the storms, with victory.