Archive | November, 2016

Time to Refocus

13 Nov

(Matthew 14:30 ESV) But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”

My favorite disciple is Peter. I can really identify with Peter. Throughout the gospels, Peter was always getting himself into a mess; which is what I do pretty often myself.

I’m sure most of us know this story (Matthew 14:22-33). The disciples were out on the water in their fishing boat. The disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea. I’m sure they were amazed and astonished at such a feat. I know my mouth would have been wide open.

Anyway, the disciples thought that Jesus was a ghost. They were frightened about the figure that was fast approaching them. Jesus tells them, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

Well, Peter decides that he was go out and walk on the water with Jesus. I’m not sure I would have passed up that opportunity either; to walk beside Jesus on the water. WOW!!

Jesus tells Peter to come out on to the water. Peter gets out of the boat and walks on the water and goes to Jesus. The wind started blowing, and Peter realized the wind was blowing. Once Peter took his focus off of Jesus, he began to sink.

Like Peter, I recently took my focus off of Jesus. I started looking at all that was going on around me. There have been a lot of things that have transpired the last few months. It seems it has been one thing after the other. I spiritually and emotionally shut down.

I do take up my responsibility for taking my eyes off of Jesus. My relationship with Jesus is just like the relationship with my husband. It has to be cultivated on a daily basis. I have to do what it takes to keep the intimacy in the relationship.

I quit being intimate with Jesus. First, I quit reading my Bible. Eventually, I quit praying. I got depressed. I lost my joy. Everything about my relationship with Jesus was zapped. I know it was Jesus that moved; it was me. There was no one to blame but myself.

Now, I am trying to refocus on my relationship with Jesus. I am doing everything I can to produce the intimacy I had a few months ago. I am reading my Bible. I am praying.

Here recently, in Celebrate Recovery, we are being encouraged to keep a journal. The purpose of the journal is to a daily inventory. It is to helped me to see what I did wrong, where I went wrong, and if I need to make any amends. I am also using this journal for my prayer time, also. The people in the Bible wrote their prayers. That’s one reason why we have the Bible. Psalm is one of the books that has the most prayers. Like always, God loves nothing more than to hear his word prayed back to him.

Are you like Peter? Are you looking at the wind of your circumstances? Have you taken your eyes off of Jesus? Take time to refocus. Get away with Jesus. Have a date with Jesus every day. Set some time aside to talk to him and to listen to him. Love on Him and He will love on you. It has to be a priority. There’s no set amount of time to do it. Just take the time to do it. If you don’t, you’ll be like me, not having that personal, intimate relationship with Jesus. It takes a lot of time and effort to get that intimacy back. Refocus on Jesus.