Jake had just started school at the local Christian Academy and I was working once again in the public relations department for the Bureau. We were both getting accustomed to this new routine. I had picked him up from the after care program when I realized I had forgotten to take something out for dinner that night. As we headed to the supermarket, he began to tell me about his day:
“You know what, Mommy?”
“Hummmm?” I responded half-listening… I mean I was a woman on a mission…
“Back in the olden days, when Jesus was alive…He went to pray and told His disciples to go ahead of him in a boat. Then when he was done…he walked on the water to them. Did you know that, Mommy?”
“I sure did know that.” now listening a little more intently.
“But they were scared of Him…I don’t know why, it was just Jesus…but they thought it was a ghost. Can you believe that, Mommy?”
“No, son, I can’t believe that.”
“It’s alright…he told them don’t be afraid, it’s just me”
“Really?” I replied.
“Yep…but Peter told him, Lord if that’s you tell me to walk out on the water to you. So He did and Peter stepped out of that boat and walked on the water too! Can you believe that, Mommy?”
“I sure can believe it, son.”
“Guess what happened then, Mommy, guess! Peter got scared and looked down and he started sinking! Can’t you just believe it? Jesus reached out and caught him just in time. That’s just like us, isn’t it, Mommy… when we take our eyes off Jesus we begin sinking in this world... don't we?”
“We sure do, son, we sure do.”
The next week our house burned and we lost almost everything…I had spent the better part of three years working to renovate it and it was gone…in the flash of an electrical fire. I remember standing there in what used to be the foyer and hearing that little kindergarten voice say… “That’s just like us, isn’t it, Mommy…when we take our eyes off Jesus we begin sinking in this world don’t we?”
The miracle here…that small voice…that reminder from God to let go and let Him prove He was in control…I knew then if I just trusted in Him…everything would be fine. It was way beyond fine...it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.