Saturday, May 30, 2009

Walking on water

Still struggling, but working on getting away for a week's holiday. Time away from responsibilities - time with my husband - time to focus on books - perhaps a bit of knitting.

Starting on June 19th Living Roomers are going to have an opportunity to take part in a Bible study by John Ortberg with the title - "If you want to walk on water you've got to get out of the boat." It is based on the story of Peter leaving his boat in the midst of a storm and walking on water to meet Jesus. What does this story mean for us?

"Walking on water means
- facing your fears and choosing not to let fear have the last word
- discovering and embracing the unique calling of God on your life
- experiencing the power of God to accomplish what you would not be capable of doing on your own."

I've been doing some cheating - reading Ortberg's book to become familiar with what we will study. And I can see how what he says applies to my life right now.

The depression I've been caught in is like my boat - in a stormy sea, scary, feeling like I could sink anytime - without God, relying on myself. But Jesus is waiting for me out on those waves, waiting for me to have the courage and to put forth the effort to meet him and to trust him. I need to leave this boat. I need to want to leave this boat. I need to trust that God is waiting for me to walk to him in faith.

Studying this book is encouraging me.

This will be my last post until I get back in a week.

5 comments:

Wendy Love said...

Marja,
A new study can kind of be like intravenous for the soul. I pray that God will help you get out of this study, just what is good for YOU and will help you ignore the rest. May your week away be relaxing, nurturing and peaceful.
Wendy Love

marja said...

Thank you, Wendy. Thank you for your support.

Wellness Writer said...

Dear Marja,
Hope you're feeling better!

Love,
Susan

Paula Joy said...

Wow, that study sounds great!! I think it would apply to my life right now, too. Wish I lived closer so I could join you! :)

Hope you are doing well. Thinking of and praying for you today.

'Tart said...

That sounds like a wonderful holiday. I hope your knitting is fruitful, too.

I too must leave my boat. Thank you for the reminder. I have an opportunity to 'leave the boat' coming soon and this is encouraging to do so. I am always inspired by your blog.:)
Sincerely,
Tart