Experience Life : May 19 2014

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It was a Monday morning and I decided to visit a local coffee shop to write. I ordered my coffee and sat at the table that would overlook the tall windows and naturally lit room. I would then sit, drink, think, watch, and write; that tends to be the routine.

Finding one of the workers, I asked, “excuse me, Sir, what’s the password for your wifi?”

He gently smiles, “Experience Life”

Huh… Now I was thinking. I smiled, said thank you, and began writing. At this point I had no clue what I was going to write about, but I assumed I’d find something. Well, I guess I found it, haha. I really like those moments.

Experience… What a word; what an action. My experience so far this year has been a collection of faith steps I have taken. Some of my experiences have been incredible while others may have been a bit more challenging. However, the challenge and tension have produced a clearer vision and is currently refining my character. Would I take back any moment? Absolutely not. I finally made choices for myself; doing things alone. I left what was comfortable and common to live in the unknown, but knowing I wasn’t out of God’s hands. I am living; I’m taking care of my health, enjoying the little and big things, I am meeting new people, traveling to new places, I’m exploring God’s love and learning to humbly live in His favor. I’m learning how to use wisdom before saying ‘yes’ and ‘no’. I’m learning how to better live what I KNOW in order to BE a better example of Christ, and my doubts are starving due to feeding my faith. I am content in the ‘unknown, uncertain life’.

To live in uncertainty doesn’t mean that vision for life is lost. It simply means that you become okay with the moments God hasn’t revealed about what’s ahead and yet, you have a clear view of who you need to be right now and what you need to be doing right now. In the Bible, when Peter stepped out of the boat, the only information he had was to get out of the boat.

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.” (Matthew 14:27-29 ESV)

Now I know there’s more to this story, but I want us to rest here for a second.

1. The first thing Jesus said to the disciples was to not be afraid; to not fear…
2. If it was truly Jesus, Peter wanted to be called out by him.
3. Peter was called out… Jesus simply said, “Come”

And Peter did that, and it was good.

As we read on, we’ll see that he got ahead of himself. He noticed the wind and the waves and got more focused on how it was all going to work out rather than focusing on what Jesus said, which was to ‘come’.

It didn’t mean the wind would stop…
It didn’t mean the waves would stop…

Maybe they would’ve, but that wasn’t the point. Peter’s job was to simply answer the desire of his heart to see Jesus and do the very next thing which was to ‘come’.

I admire Peter for that. I am learning to answer Jesus’ call when he says, “come, be with me”. It looks different for all of us. I want to write a follow up blog about the second portion of this story, but I want this idea to resonate with us. What is the desire of our heart? Is there a longing within us to step out and be with Jesus? What does that look like for you?

In experiencing life (obviously in wisdom), making mistakes, trying new things, taking chances; I find that I’m understanding a new level of what it is to BE with Jesus. I’m more excited to step into the unknown, it’s becoming effortless. I have an easier time letting go instead of growing complacent. My sweet and amazing friends, experience life in His love! Explore the depths and it’s width… Experience life; you are not out of Father God’s care.

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One thought on “Experience Life : May 19 2014

  1. Can I say, Steph how humbled i am by seeing you at Hillsong L.A and see how much passion you have for god is an inspiration. You may not know but I really feel gods presence when I’m around you! I admire your boldness and your FAITH in Jesus.

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