Life sometimes takes us through deep waters. Sometimes, we have no idea where it’s going to take us. When you go on this journey with God sometimes God will call us out upon the water. In other words, He has us step out in faith. He will even call us out of our comfort zone.... big time. I have had it happen in my life where God called me out of my comfort zone quite a few times. For example, when I worked at Baker Book house. I was first put on the position of cashier. I was really nervous at first because I knew I was going to be meeting new people all the time helping them cash out. Quite a few times my anxiety really got to me. It was hard and I was wondering to myself “Can I do this?” what if I don’t remember everything and what if something goes wrong. Plus, I have a hard time explaining it to the customer. With my disability I have always had a hard time explaining when I’m the one talking but as you can see I can express myself more with writing it out or in my youtube videos. There were a couple times when I felt like I got caught off guard and couldn’t explain myself. I wish I could have told them why but didn’t want my disability to be an excuse and I was working so I couldn’t really do that. Truth be told I wish I could do what everyone else working there could do. That’s why sometimes I wish I didn’t completely have an invisible disability. I also worked at customer service at Baker which is answering phone calls, looking up books for people, and helping anyone who needed help. I was in the center of the store and had to be on guard most of my time. That was hard for me sometimes. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed it. I really loved working there. So what I am trying to explain is what God did for me. He gets us out of our comfort zone but that is how He transforms us into the person He wants us to be.
God wants us to be that strong person. There’s a quote that I came across one time that talks about "God can already see the person He has called you to be even though you can’t see it right now". God is using all these hard and out of your comfort zone moments to create in you the man or woman of God He wants you to be. Even if that means calling you out upon the waters where you fear the most. Do you know that song oceans by Hillsong? Here are some of the lyrics:
“You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown where feet may fail, and there I find you in the mystery, in oceans deep, my feet will stand”
It talks about God will call us out upon the waters into the great unknown where we don’t know what’s going to happen and it says where feet may fail. How I see that part is that most of us don’t know what God is going to have in store for us in our lives, or, we may find out what God will do for us some of us may shrink in fear and not want to do what God has called us to do. Why? Because we do sometimes fear the unknown. Fear of not knowing what is going to happen to us. That’s why I always say trust is a huge part of our walk with God.
One of my favorite stories for another example is the story in Matthew when Jesus walked on the water and called Peter out to Him. Of course at first Peter and the disciples were scared because there was a huge storm and at first when they saw Jesus they thought He was a ghost. But Jesus said “Take Courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” then Peter said “Lord if it is you, tell me to come out on the water” then Jesus said “Come” and Peter followed his command. There are so many different ways to see that story. You can actually apply it to your life. At the moment when Jesus calls you out on the waters and you keep your eyes on Jesus like Peter did when he stepped out of the boat and you’re trusting in Jesus to not let you fall. He will do the same for you. When Jesus says it’s time to get out of the boat and follow me, you really should do it! God knows what he is doing in your life. I would like to share a little more of the lyrics of the song "Oceans"
“Your grace abounds in deepest waters, your sovereign hand, will be my guide, where feet may fail and fear surrounds me, you’ve never failed and you won’t start now”
Though we may walk through the deep waters and though we may really fear what is ahead of us God will be our guide and he will always be with us. God has never failed and he won’t stop now. "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death; I will fear no evil. For you are with me. Your rod and your staff they comfort me" Psalm 23:4