Hopefully you are walking tall and strong! However, if you are like many of us, it's a daily struggle to keep our eyes focused on the Lord and not on the problems, fears, and struggles that Satan throws at us.
A friend, Vicki, wrote these words describing her personal struggle — she compared it to Peter and his attempt to walk on the water to come to Jesus.
It made me think of the tightrope I feel myself to be on at the moment. I started out on my middle-age business venture with some trepidation, but lots of hope and faith.
Now that I'm 2/3 across the rope, instead of focusing on the platform of safety just ahead of me, all of a sudden, just as Peter did, I see my surroundings. I falter long enough to look down and realize, "I'm 20 feet up in the air with no safety net. The people look like ants. My legs are tired and trembling. My eyes are clouded with tears and sweat. What was I thinking?!"
I lost sight of the arms of Jesus waiting for me and the safety net of His love and mercy and grace.
James reminded us that we need to admit our dependence on the Lord and his ability to rescue us. James says, "When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor." (James 4:10 NLT)
I do believe that God expects us to plan and to try to do our best, but nowhere in the Scriptures do we find God demanding that we be self-reliant. Just the opposite is true! God wants us and expects us to call upon him! We are to call upon him when we plan. We are to call upon him as we walk down the path of our plan. We are to call upon him with faith so that he can pick us up and guide our feet as we walk our path and as we put our faith in him! He is our safety net, our Savior, and our source of strength.