Friday, October 23, 2020

Until . . .

Gracious Heavenly Father,
You want nothing more 
than for Your children 
to walk in truth.

So often, though, 
we feel as though 
we are in a game 
of hide-n-seek with You. 

We feel as though 
we somehow 
have to make our way 
through a maze of 
"this way" or "that way" 
in order to find 
our way to You. 

We wonder why 
knowing Your will 
and finding Your way 
is so hard to do. 

And yet, the truth is this:

You are not hiding; 
we are not truly seeking.

You are not silent; 
we are not truly listening.

You are not ducking and dodging 
in an effort to stay 
one step out of touch with us;
we are not zeroing in and focusing 
totally and completely 
on You.

The problem is not with You, Father God.
(Never has been. Never will be.)

The problem is with us.

We allow everything and everyone 
to overshadow and drown out 
what You are doing, 
what You are saying, 
what You are guiding us to 
or leading us through.

We remember Peter, Lord. 
How, walking on the water, 
You held out your hand 
and invited Peter 
to walk to You 
and with You. 

Stepping out of the boat, 
eyes, ears, and faith 
all completely on You, Jesus, 
it was easy for him 
to know what to do, 
where to step, 
which direction to go. 

And do, step, and go, he did. 

Right on top of the water, 
right straight to You, 

Oh, Father God, 
this is the word 
(and the moment!) 
that always causes us 
to stumble, 
to fall, 
to doubt, 
to become fearful and confused. 

We hear Your calling, 
we sense Your leading, 
we know what You are 
calling us to 
and we are willing 
to do, step, and go 


until we are reminded about this,
until we start to realize that,
until we listen to them,
until we forget about,
until we TAKE. OUR. EYES. OFF. OF. YOU.

Help us, Father God 
in our "until" moments.

Help us to keep 
seeking You 
with all our heart.

Help us to keep 
listening for Your
still small voice.

Help us to keep 
removing all that blocks 
our view of You.

Help us to keep 
stepping out,
placing one foot of our faith 
in front of the other 
we reach You, Lord.

Oh, Father God, 
You want nothing more 
than for Your children 
to walk in truth.

You will be faithful 
to lead us,
if only, 
we will be faithful 
to follow.

Thank you, Father God.

In Jesus' precious name, we pray. Amen. 

~ Stacy

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