COURAGE TO TAKE A STEP
Transforming our lives means stepping out in faith, believing that God is able to turn even the watery depths of the ocean into a pathway toward Himself and His plan for us. We may have taken other "safe" paths in the past and fouond that these didn't take us where we truly longed to go spiritually, but their familiarity made us feel comfortable. But now, with our eyes fixed on Jesus, we will have to face our fear of the unknown and get beyond it.
If we wait for all our fear to go away before we begin to transform our lives, we will never make significant spiritual progress. Courage isn't the absence of fear. Courage means that we take advantage of the little strength we find within us, that we find little ways to encourage ourselves, and that we stubbornly follow God's direction. It means that we find enough strength to take a step in the right direction.
In the account where Jesus walked on the water, the disciples were terrified when they saw Him. "Lord, if it's you,' Peter replied, 'tell me to come to you on the water." Jesus told him to come, so Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. Peter became terrified and began to sink, but Jesus reached out His hand and lifted him up.
Peter gathered up enough courage to take one step in the Lord's direction when the Lord called to him. He ventured out into a new experience. When he got in over his head, Peter called out and found the help he needed. We, too, need only to summon the courag to take a step in the right direction whether or not we feel afraid or need help. With God's help we will make it when we step out in faith.