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May 3, 2014

Stay focused on Christ to get through

A man was driving home from another city. He left when there was light outside and the weather was OK. But the day turned into night and the weather became inclement. Now he began experiencing difficulty driving. He made it home safe and sound! He observed and drove within the lines in the highway. He kept driving, praying to God, and saying to himself out loud: “Where is the line? Where is the Line? Where is the line?”

Just as he remained focused on the highway lines and made it home safe, we must keep our focus on Jesus to safely negotiate the bends and turns of life.

During this week read St. Matthew 14:22-34. This passage speaks to what happens when we focus on Jesus and when we do not.

“And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" (St. Matthew 14:28-31)

We all sometimes engage in doubting when situations become challenging. But Paul shares with us: “I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Guess what? There are times when God permits situations to occur in our life that will cause us to draw nearer to God through Jesus Christ. “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:8)

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