It was at an amusement park and they were trying to walk through a barrel-like contraption with flashing lights and whirling objects. It tilted and turned. A prize was offered for anyone who was able to walk through on their feet without slipping and sliding.
One man entered the barrel boasting that he had perfect balance and could remain upright. He took only a couple of steps before he too went sprawling and sliding. At the end, embarrassed, he declared no one could possibly achieve it, called the ride a rip-off and demanded his money back. Then the owner entered the barrel and walked straight through, proving it was possible, and silencing the man.
How did he do it?
Well, of course he couldn’t reveal his secret but it was simple.
Suspended at the end of the barrel was a small shiny object. He kept his eye firmly on that object, never – not for a fraction of a second – looking at his feet or the swirling objects or the flashing lights or the sides of the barrel. He maintained his focus and his feet maintained their path.
~ Sometimes we might feel as though we are in a topsy-turvy situation.
~ We might find the going difficult
and be tossed around in our minds and our emotions.
~ We might feel at our wit’s end or as if we are being put through a wringer.
~ We might feel as though we are struggling against the stream
and sometimes, even going under.
His MIND possibly said, “What am I doing? I can’t walk on water!!!” and he began to sink.
Just as the owner of the barrel-ride – just as Peter – we need to FOCUS.
We need to “look unto Jesus” [Hebrews 12:2] and keep our full focus on Him.
We can walk unerringly and with complete confidence through the roughest turmoil when we keep our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus and not on ourselves, our circumstances or other people or things.
The righteous cry out and the Lord hears,
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God.
I will strengthen you. I will help you.
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand,
saying to you, ‘Fear not. I will help you’
Are you under the circumstances?
UNBELIEF puts our CIRCUMSTANCES
between US and GOD.
FAITH puts GOD
between US and our CIRCUMSTANCES.
And for those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour,
this word is recorded by Isaiah
Look to ME and be saved. For I am God, and there is NO OTHER.