There he stood. Heart pounding. Palms sweating. There in the midst of a storm that troubled the face of the waters he found himself face to face with the one he called Lord. His heart stopped racing and his hands were still. Gazing into his Lordís eyes he saw nothing but calm. It was the type of calm that would bring back memories of a peaceful childhood. Remembering a time when Mom and Dad were still madly in love with each other. A time when a young boy could spend summer days riding bikes in the neighborhood with his best friends in the world only to finish the day off with a good game of backyard football. A time when a pigtailed little girl that had her daddy wrapped around her finger could spend hours twirling around on the hardwood floors of the kitchen pretending to be a ballerina. The look in the eyes of the one he called Lord brought a peace that passes all understanding. The man in our story didnít need to have a care in the world. He was on center stage of a monumental event. A miracle, some might say. He had boldly gone where no man had gone before. He stepped off of the ship only to find that the waters were just as solid under his feet as the dirt floor of his home.
Soon calm turned to worry. Peace became turmoil. For a brief moment he had walked on water, but now he is sinking. Instead of keeping his eyes on the Lord he began to look around at the waves that were beating upon the ship. Suddenly he realized the power of the waters and the man who felt ten feet tall knew that he was no more than a speck on the face of the earth. With hands reaching up out of the water, Peter cried out, ďLord save me!Ē Before he had time to doubt if the Lord would still be there, he felt the callused hands of a carpenter grasp onto him, pulling him to safety. Saving him from the storm.
What storms are you sinking in? Debt piling up, a dead end job, a marriage that is on the rocks, a boss that thinks youíre inadequate, or maybe a spiritual life that seems to be non existent. Whatever your storm is at this moment, understand that there are answers. There is one you can look to if you are seeking peace. If all you want is a calm moment to forget about everything else thatís going on around you then you need to turn to the one who has the power over the storm. Turn to the one who owns the storm. Jesus Christ. Peter did just that. In the midst of the storm he trusted Jesus with his life when he walked out onto the water, but he made one mistake. He took his eyes off of Jesus.
In this book you will not find all of the answers that you are looking for. The focus is not set on obtaining more for this life. If you are looking for a way to conquer the problems you are facing, it wonít be found here. This book simply points to the one who can conquer the problems for you. The one who can provide the answers that you are looking for. It is my hope that this book will not pull you away from your own personal Bible study, but that it will inspire you to dig a little deeper into the scriptures to learn more about the one that I call Lord. You will read of some of the problems that have arisen in my life and as a result have shaped me into the man that I am today. From the beginning until the end you will be challenged to look to the author and finisher of our faith. Letís learn to focus, and put All Eyes on Him.
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