Friday, December 3, 2010

Success In the Most Unlikely Places

In what may seem like a strange thing, sometimes we can find success in the most unlikely places and ways.  There are so many businesses that have flourished that was never suppose to work.  There are people in positions who did not appear to be qualified, but are successful at what they are doing.  You may be doing something right now in an area where you had no intentions on being, but look at you.  You are successful and doing it because you took the leap of faith.

Maybe I speak for myself, but when starting a journey, it is difficult to comprehend doing something that appear it would fail.  I mean really, if everything adds up, why do it, right?  Well, it's not quite that simple. I want us to visit the Gospel of Matthew 14:22-33. You may be familiar with it, but it is when Jesus walked on water.

(22) Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. (23) After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, (24) and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.  (25) Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. (26) When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.  (27) But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." (28) "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water." (29) "Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. (30) But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"  (31) Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" (32) And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. (33) Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

You may have heard before, but I am not going to focus so much on the fact that Peter took his eye off of Jesus, but the fact that he did something that just was not suppose to work.  First of all, Peter asked to come to Jesus on the water.  (You know, we simply do not have some things because we are just scared to ask God [see James 4:2].  We have to stop being afraid to ask Him for the desires of our heart.  What's the worst that could happen? He would just tell you no, which means He has other plans for you!).  OK, let's think about this for a minute.  Jesus was suppose to be able to walk on water, because that's what He does.  He's God and it is to be expected He could do these types of things.  Peter on the other hand was just a plain old guy.  How could he possible walk on water?  If any of you know anything about water, you definitely cannot walk on it.  If anything, you can sink and drown. So, how is it possible that Peter was able to do something that just physically and mentally does not add up?  SURVEY SAYS:  Peter believed Jesus when He said to come.  His faith in Jesus to give him the ability to do the impossible was made possible.  The rest of the story is HIStory.

Even though the walk was short lived, it was still a success.  Peter did something that just did not make sense.  How many of you would have jumped out the boat?  Most of us probably would have stayed in the boat even though it was being tossed about the sea.  Walking on water is an unlikely place to find success, but Peter did it.  Where is the unlikely place in your life that you have been avoiding?  Have you asked Jesus to do what you think is impossible and make it possible for you?  What's the worst that could happen?  Right?

Regards,

Antoine E. Hall

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"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." - James 1:22

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