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If, but, and Why

"Lord, if it’s You," Peter replied, "tell me to come to You on the water" . . . But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me" . . . He said, “why did you doubt?"  Matthew14:28–31 NIV

if but and whySometimes we pray, “Lord, if You want me . . .”

     to change jobs

     to buy this car

     to go to this school

     to teach this class

“… tell me, please. Let me know Your will. Fill me with Your peace. I want to follow You. I can’t do this without You.”

Standing at the crossroads, we need direction. Anxiety and fear fill our hearts. The unknown makes us emotionally wring our hands. We cry out to the One with all the answers. We worry. We experience angst.

Then one day, God’s peace covers us, and He provides an answer. Getting out of the boat, we walk on water because He said to. As we begin our trek, our hearts sing, “God, thank You for Your provision. For your answer.”

Taking a little skip and hop on the water, we continue. “I trust Your hand, Holy Father. Only You could do this.” Two more big steps. “I am excited to see where You lead. Your great love humbles me.”

But off to the side, we hear fear calling our name. Taking our eyes from the Lord, worry and second guesses crowd our minds. Certainty oozes from our hearts, drips from our fingertips, and weakens our knees. Did He really say what we thought He said? Maybe we imagined the call to come. “But God . . .”

All those doubts and worries, everything but Him, press down on our heads until the waterline reaches our neck. Then, before we disappear in the sea of self, we remember Him. We cry out, and He lifts us from the depths. Why did we doubt? Once again, we have eyes only for Him, but it’s too late.

Like Peter, we can let doubt keep us from walking on water with Jesus. Don’t miss what God has for you. Fasten onto His gaze and don’t look down.

What steps will help you with the ifs, buts, and whys?

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Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis, a former healthcare worker, is now pursuing her life-long dream of writing. She resides in sunny South Georgia where she is a mother and grandmother. After years in the work force, she cherishes time spent with family and friends. God continues to grow her through His presence, her church family, and her friends. She hopes to continue to write for the glory of God. You can find her at sharondaviswriter.com  and on Facebook and Instagram at sharondaviswriter.