Fixed on Jesus
As I came to her rescue, I thought about this in a spiritual context. When you keep our eyes fixed on Jesus we are maneuvering quite well because you are walking in the Spirit, which leads us.
Recently, a precious man from our church helped us build bunk beds for our home. We are trying to make as much room as possible for the kiddos. In our planning we failed to think of one thing, her name is Libby. Libby is a two year old that knows no boundaries, limits, has a fiery temper, and most importantly determined to get her way. I might add that she has locks of curly blonde hair and resembles Shirley Temple as a little girl, which makes it extremely difficult not to cave to her mischievous grins. She matter-of-factly, scaled the bunk bed ladder like a pro. She then put on a delightful smile because she was very impressed with herself. The problem would come later because she had no idea how to climb down the ladder. Going up was easy because she could see exactly where to place her hands to hoist her up, but climbing down the ladder would involve risk for her because she would not be able to see where her feet need to be planted. In a few minutes she was yelling for a rescue, and admitting defeat, which is very unusual for her.
As I came to her rescue, I thought about this in a spiritual context. When you keep our eyes fixed on Jesus we are maneuvering quite well because you are walking in the Spirit, which leads us. When our eyes are not completely fixed on Him you are unable to see where the next move should be because you are walking in darkness unaware of God’s presence. How many times has the Lord had to rescue you from a place He never intended for you to go? In my life I can think of several that I know about it.
Peter gets a bad rap in the Bible sometimes, but he happens to be one of my favorites. I guess because sometimes I feel just like him. I will try and then maybe it doesn’t go exactly as planned. My favorite thing about Peter was his determination to get it right. Sure he may have starting sinking, cut off a guys ear, denied Jesus three times, but in the end he would be the leader of the flock after Jesus descended.