Which is my Anchor?

December 22, 2016

Someone says “ride with me!”

With a delighted blend of calm and joy,

I join him and

The coaster rises and drops

Then rises again!

See my excited smile!

Another day

A voice in my soul says

“come” and points to the boat and a fisherman.

My thoughts of “but isn’t that Him?”

Don’t calm my fear

As with shaking legs

I head for the boat and grab a net

And with no joy

I listen for a storm.

By Martha L Shaw – © 2016

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Do It – What’s Stopping You?

May 24, 2011


“The problem in my life and other people’s lives is not the
absence of knowing what to do, but the absence of doing it.”
     —  Peter Drucker

“What’s stopping you?”  Nobody has ever asked me that.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I ask that of myself constantly.  I’ve been in “life change” mode for a long while now and have felt God’s call and have listened, have heard, and have waited.  Waited . . . waited . . . and waited.  I know the Lord is with me and I know that he is with me in the present, yet I find myself waiting.  For what?  I find myself wondering when my life change will happen, yet I stand still or worse yet sit still.  When Peter walked on water, did he get a memo?  Was there a neon sign assuring him that the waters would be calm and would not swallow him up?  Was there even a one way sign pointed toward the Lord?  No, he had to get out of the boat and get his feet wet.  What happened?  Well, like the rest of us, Peter’s results from this action were mixed.  He got out of the boat.  He took a few steps.  He looked away from the Lord and looked down.  You know the rest.  He sunk.  He didn’t drown though because the Lord took him by the hand and led him to safety.  Peter went on to serve the Lord in wonderful ways leading many to Christ and to eternal life with Him.  You and I are not any different from Peter.  We know what to do.  The Lord is with us.  We won’t sink.  True, we don’t see a neon sign assuring us we’re heading in the right direction.  We have a choice just as Peter did.   We can stay in the boat and wrestle with a fishnet, or we can step out of the boat, risk getting our feet wet, and then what?  Well, there’s only one way to find out.  What’s the worst that can happen?  That we’ll stumble and find that Jesus is securely holding our hand and keeping us safe!  Well, shoot, if that’s the “worst” that can happen, what’s stopping us?  Do it!

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