I was struck with the message Arun Massey shared in church last Sunday. Arun is founder of the Joyful Children’s Home in Dharwad, India where Kara went last summer.
Arun spoke about Peter stepping out of the boat to walk toward Jesus during the storm in Mathew 14. Peter was successful at walking on the water, just like Jesus, as long as he kept his eyes fixed on Jesus. As soon as he noticed the storm around him and his fellow disciples in the safety of the boat behind him, he began to sink and drown.
What kept Peter afloat? It was keeping his eyes fixed on Jesus. When did he begin to sink? As soon as he stopped looking to Christ.
Frequent readers of my blog may well remember my recurring theme of struggling to find Jesus in a tangible way. We can’t see him, touch him, or physically feel him. Our relationship with Christ is an emotional connection, something not tangible in our physical realm, but rather a feeling, a knowledge, an awareness.
We are made in the image of God. Humans require physical interaction and touch to survive. Do a google search on the importance of human touch and you will see that this isn’t just my thinking, but rather scientific fact.
So why does God choose to not physically touch us himself? Why can’t I see him physically?
I’m not sure how to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, but I’m working on it.
Stay tuned as I learn how this seeming dichotomy fits together in my daily walk after Christ.