You make me brave. 

This morning, as I was driving to work, one of my favorite songs came onto my iPod. I was a little stressed, worrying about things I couldn’t possibly change. As I dove, I began to focus on the words being sung. The are from a popular song by Bethel Music called “You make me brave.” I was introduced to it by our youth pastor. The lyrics go like this. 

“As Your love, in wave after wave.

Crashes over me, crashes over me.

For You are for us,

You are not against us.

Champion of Heaven,

You made a way for all to enter in.

You make me brave.
You make me brave.

You call me out beyond the shore into the waves,

You make me brave.

No fear can hinder now the love that made a way!”

As I was listening, I suddenly envisioned Peter. Scared, tired, holding onto the side of a old wooden boat in the midst of a terrible storm. He was probably wondering if he was going to die right then and there. Suddenly he saw Jesus, walking toward the boat on the water. He looked out and yelled “Lord, if you call me I will come to you!” The simplicity of the Lords response is amazingly calm and secure:

“Come,” he said. Then Peter got out of the boat, walked on water and came toward Jesus. -Matthew 14:29

Peter was fearless, not by his own might. But by the power of the one who called him out of the boat onto the waves.

I often forget to trust Jesus with all the drama that goes on in my life. I need to try and focus on his voice, during difficult times. I need to stop trying to do it on my own. 

Lord give me the strength to reach for your hand in the stormy times, just like Peter did. Give me courage to step out of the boat, what ever that may be in my life. And cling to you.

“You make me brave, You make me brave. You call me out beyond the shore into the waves.”

What do you think?

Until next week,

PJ.

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