Leap and glide.
They are the words I repeat to myself when cross-country skiing. I’m a beginner, so repeating “leap and glide” reminds me to stride on my skis. For if I just push my ski forward without the leap and glide, I don’t go far with more effort.
Some cross-country skiers call this move “drop and pop.” Basically, you gain momentum in your stride to glide. But I am tentative because the glide scares me. Will I slip? Will I go too fast? Will I fall forward on my face?
And, ironically, it is those fears that can cause me to loose stride! When I loose faith in myself, and allow doubts to enter my mind, I lose out on the possibility of a wonderful glide.
A Lesson of Faith
“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Matthew 14:29-32
Because Peter put his focus on the wind, he became afraid. His doubt took over his faith and he began to sink. It’s easy for us to begin to fear when we take our focus off Jesus. When we doubt our abilities, we are placing our focus on ourselves. When we allow the troubles of this world (and there will always be troubles) to dishearten us, we are relying on our own strength. We lose hope.
The good news is Jesus is always there. We can refocus on Him whose presence is always with us. As children of God, we have eternal life. As long as we do not turn our backs on God, nothing of this world can claim us. Like Peter, when in fear and doubt, may we turn our mind and hearts back to Jesus who steadies us.
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! 1 Corinthians 16:11
It is going to take practice for my cross country skiing glide to get better. My mind may know what my body requires to “leap and glide,” but it will take time for my muscles to learn to respond to this new skill. As followers of Christ, it takes intentional practice for us to respond with the faith Jesus offers. Today may you know God’s faithful presence.
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