25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:25-33; NKJV)
At a point in my life when I was making a big decision and was doubting myself, one of the elders/shepherds at the church I was attending said to me “There are good decisions and decisions made good”. He was communicating to me a lot of things but what I understood was I am free to make decisions but most importantly I needed to make those decisions in prayer and look to Jesus for my guidance and strength. If I was focused on Jesus, my decision would be good even if it didn’t go the way that I thought it would.
I have since shared this phrase with others as a matter of encouragement and it came back to me this morning as I was thinking through some opportunities and challenges in my life. As I was thinking, the above verse came to mind. There are so many lessons in this passage and generally I focus on how Jesus responds. It has had a profound effect on me in terms of when Peter got himself in trouble, the FIRST thing Jesus did was save him. When Peter was safe, back with Him and his brethren, only then did Jesus rebuke him and teach him. That is our Jesus…our Savior…our Lord. He saves first!
Change and change management is not just a business or organizational term but something we all deal with every day. We make decisions whether big or small. We set out on our day and it is made up of a whole lot of decisions. We often make them fully confident we know how things are going go and boldly set out…and guess what…it doesn’t always go like we think. One moment we are walking on wave tops and the next we are sinking. We start flailing and often we make things worse…trying to save ourselves. I know for me…sometimes I have to be down to my last breath…about to go under…before I put my focus back on my Savior or ask for help. What I am so thankful for, however, is that His mighty hand thrusts out and grabs a hold of me and pulls me back to Him and safety.
Good decisions and decisions made good. I pray I make good Jesus-centered decisions but when I don’t, I pray that I call out to Him before it is too late. Out of the boat…back in the boat…out of the boat again…it’s our life but Jesus doesn’t move and He is all about saving…being His disciple is a good decision and a decision made good. Focus on Him and go boldly. Love you all.