Recently I had the opportunity to bless a vehicle of a new car owner. On the rear of the vehicle I read the following sign: "Lesson in progress -- Please be patient!" I said to myself: "Self, this could be your motto!" And you know -- it is! Too bad I don't live by it!
So often with the demands that are pleaced upon each of us with work, family and friends, not to even mention the concern of the economy and loss of jobs, that we allow oursevles to lose our focus. We tend to forget that all of life is a process; a lesson to be learned and we must be patient.
In order to fully immerse ourselves within the lessons of life, we must be challenged to get "out of the boat" of our own insecurities.
The boat can serve as a metafor for comfort. It is a shelter from the torrent or the violence of the waves. The boat keeps us safe. Yet, the boat can also serve as the thing that keeps us from moving ahead as we sit around avoiding change at every cost.
Remember when Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water? By consciously obeying Jesus' command by stepping out into the unknown, stepping out into a place that would seem to destroy him, Peter is saved by Jesus. The other Apostles, whom we seem to imitate in a better fashion, were BOAT POTATOES! They just sat there in fear, and by doing so, missed the opportunity in experiencing Jesus in a miraculous way.
What is your boat? What is it that keeps you safe? What fear keeps you from asking Jesus for guidance lest he give you an answer you don't want to hear?
All of us, at one time or another are going to sink! What happens when we finally learn that we can't swim in the waters that are over powering us? We will have to totally surrender ourselves and trust in the ultimate LIFEGUARD: JESUS!
Oh, and for those who have to deal with me on a regular basis, please remember: I am a lesson in progress -- Please be patient!