Truett Weekly Worship 4.14.20

April 14, 2020
From Truett Worship Coordinator MacKenzie Rock:

Good morning to you, Truett Family. How was your week? I hope it was filled with reflection, peace, hope, and love. This morning I want to call you to another collective time of virtual worship as one family in Christ. Last week at our virtual meeting, we talked about the hope that we have in Christ. Christ is our cornerstone. That means that he is the connecting foundational stone between ourselves and the Creator God. Christ is the connection point through which we may experience life, truth, and the forgiveness of sins.

This week, I want to call your attention to the most beloved story of Jesus walking on the water. Matthew’s Gospel gives this account:

"Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. 'It’s a ghost,' they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: 'Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.' 'Lord, if it’s you,' Peter replied, 'Tell me to come to you on the water.' '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. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, 'Truly you are the Son of God.'"

Where are you looking? What are you focused on? There is a call for you to turn your eyes back to Jesus. The Lord did not stay on the shores and watch over the boat as it traversed the tempest. No, Christ stepped out onto the storm. He came to meet his beloved friends in their boat in the midst of a storm. We know that the disciples, by this point, had witnessed Jesus doing wondrous things. In fact, they had just seen their Rabbi feed 5,000 people. Earlier in the Gospel of Mark, the disciples watched Jesus exercise authority over the wind and the waves of a strikingly similar and stormy situation.

In verse 27, Jesus speaks to the disciples, he tells them to "take courage" because he is now with them. Now that Jesus has identified himself, Peter says to the Lord, "Tell me to come to you on the water." How many times have I prayed this prayer myself? How many times have I, in the sacred space of my own heart and spirit, asked the Lord to call me out of my own "safe" little boat? Have you asked the same? Have you mustered up the courage to obey as Peter obeyed his Lord who beckoned him "Come," only to take your eyes off of him and place them back on the storm of distraction?

This morning, I pray that you place your eyes back upon the face of the Lord, whose arm is outstretched to guide and lead through the stormy gale. The song for our worship this morning is a new take on the precious hymn "It Is Well With My Soul." The refrain of this newer version says this:

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is Well
Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And it is well with me.

Take time today to call out to Him and look upon the Lord who has come to join you in the storm. Whatever your storm looks like, no matter the size of the squall, Jesus is Lord. We can be sure that even, like Peter, when we inevitably take our focus of off Christ, he will be there to call us back to Him.

Pray with me:

Thank you, Lord. You are good. You take it upon yourself to enter into the storm where everyone else would turn and run. You are the perfect example of trusting in the Father. Would you grant us the courage to trust as you trust? Thank you for stretching your arms out for our sake. We are reminded of your outstretched arms upon the cross, that through faith in you, we are allowed safe passage into the safety of the Father. Be with us this day, Lord Jesus. Show us how to be your people even when our eyes cannot see. Make it well with our souls. We love you Lord. I pray these things in the name and authority of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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