A Difficult Time by Rev. Donald T. Sawyer, Jr.

I know this is a difficult time we are going through; however, if we look back in history every generation has gone through difficult times. It is a matter of life. If we are alive, we will go through challenges, difficulty, and stressors; however, we must keep our eyes on Jesus.

An example in the bible is the story of Peter walking on the water.  When Peter saw Jesus walking on water, he became encouraged by Jesus to do the impossible.  I always say, it is not like people 2000 years ago could walk on water and now they cannot.  However, when Peter saw Jesus walking on water, Peter asked Jesus can I come out of the boat.

My belief is Peter had to ask Jesus to come out of the boat, because if he had not received permission from Jesus he would have immediately sank into the water.  When Jesus gives us permission to do something, even though it may seem impossible we can do it.  Philippians 4:13 says we can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives us strength.

Now when Peter started walking on water, he kept his eyes on Jesus and if he were looking at Jesus, he could do the impossible even walk on water. However, the bible says the winds started bolstering and I believe Peter became distracted and took his eyes off Jesus and looked at his surroundings. Which in turn caused fear to attack him.

Anytime we take our eyes off Jesus and look at our surroundings i.e. news, people talking, our fearful thoughts we get distracted and we lose our confidence.  At this time Peter started to sink into the water.  Jesus picked Peter out of the water and said “oh ye of little faith”.

Where did Peter’s faith go? He was initially doing the impossible walking on water. However, when he allowed himself to become distracted and take his eyes off Jesus fear set in.  We must, no matter what, keep our eyes on Jesus. No matter what the news says, people or our own minds we cannot take our eyes off Jesus.

I want to be a water walking, Christian believer who stays obedient to Jesus Christ and know that I can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives me strength.

There are people out there called agoraphobics. The word agoraphobia is derived from Greek words literally meaning “fear of the marketplace.” The term is used to describe an irrational and often disabling fear of being out in public. This has occurred during this time of the Corona virus. People are scared to come out of their homes, touch people, gather in large crowds, etc.  This Corona virus is not the first virus the world has ever experienced. Do we stay in our homes forever? When do you know the virus will not infect anyone else? We will never know. All we can do is keep our eyes on Jesus and know He has our back.

I believe like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego the Lord will protect me through whatever time I am going through; however, if He does not, I will be up in heaven with my Jesus. My Lord does not give me a spirit of fear, worry or timidity, but He gives me power, love, and a sound mind.

May the Lord keep you and bless you.

Amen.



Donald T.  Sawyer, Jr., has been a certified mediator for over 30 years. He has provided his service to hundreds of individuals by helping them restructure their relationship and resolve issues related to: communication, finances, parenting, affection/sex, consideration for one another, and coping with in-laws, friends, co-workers, and employee-employer. Donald holds a Master degree in social work and a Bachelor degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.

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