1 Timothy 1:12 “I am suffering now because I tell the Good News, but I am not ashamed, because I know Jesus, the One in whom I have believed. And I am sure he is able to protect what he has trusted me with until that day.”
There is a story of a man who survived a terrifying speedboat accident. One day he was riding along the water at top speed when his boat veered slightly, hitting a wave at a dangerous angle. The force of the speed upon impact of the waves sent his boat flying into the air in a tailspin.
The man was thrown into the air and propelled deeply into the water giving him a sense of not knowing which way was “up”. instead of panicking the man knew he had to remain calm and wait for the buoyancy of his life vest to begin pulling him towards the surface, once he knew the direction he quickly swam up to the top.
A grandfather was taking a walk with his granddaughter. He began asking her, “How far are we from home?”
“I don't know,” the little girl replied.
He asked if she knew where she was to which she replied, “I don't know.”
The grandfather smiled at the young girl's lack of concern and said, “Well, it seems to me as if you are lost.”
The granddaughter smiled back at her grandpa, “No Grandfather, I can't be lost. I'm with you.”
One day a lady boarded the airplane finding her feet next to a little boy. He seemed quite settled in his seat, books to read, pictures to color and a happy smile. She was glad thinking this would be an easy flight and she wouldn't have to worry about the child she shared a row with.
As the flight went on, the plane began to hit some rough turbulence and the fasten your seatbelts light came on. At first everyone remained calm but then there came the announcement that dinner wouldn't be served because of the rough turbulence. People began to show some panic as the plane bounced and swayed. Looking at the little boy the lady was surprised he was calmly reading a book.
When the lightning began to flash, and thunder shook the plane most everyone around her began to show fear and panic. Some were praying, others gripping their seats. The lady admitted she was beginning to be fearful too but as she looked over to the boy expecting to have to calm him, she was surprised. He had his feet tucked under him calmly reading his book. Every so often he would close his eyes and then go back to his reading.
Like all plane rides they made it through the turbulence and safely landed at their destination. Curious the lady asked the boy, “weren't you worried at all through that storm?”
“No,” the boy replied.
Surprised because she even had experience some fear, she asked why.
The boy smiled a big grin. “Because my daddy’s the pilot and he's taking me home.”
There are times in life we can be thrown into a tailspin leaving us to wonder which way is up. Life won't always be smooth, flying in turbulence will come shaking and swaying us. In those times how we react defines our faith. We can all learn from the man and his speedboat. During those times it's better to be still and let the upper pull take us to the surface. Let God pull you upward out of the tailspin to safety.
With confident assurance we should never be worried when we don't know exactly where we're going or when the storms hit. Our assurance can be found in our Father, who is always there to lead and protect. Like our earthly parents, God will do all He can to keep us safe so, like the little kids, we just have to smile and say, “It's going to be okay, God's got this.”
God will never lose sight of you and will never leave you. So go out and face each day with a confident assurance and no matter what comes your way, be still and let God's upward pull see you through it.
Have you been able to further your studies with me through 1 Peter? I hope you have found time in your daily routines to read a little more in the Bible and what God is sharing with each of us. Even if you aren't following us through 1 Peter because you have established another reading through the Bible routine, I hope you are being blessed with what you are learning and allowing God to work in your life each day.
Today we will continue our study through 1 Peter with lesson 3. We will be reading 1 Peter 2:1-10. Again I have a link provided with a short lesson to follow or like always if you'd prefer just read it on your own and let the Holy Spirit lead.
Lesson 3- 1 Peter 2:1-10- https://www.docdroid.net/3sy9DTb/1-peter-week-3-docx
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