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Get Out the Boat

When I moved to Charlotte I second guessed myself.

And after I was here for a few weeks, an acquaintance said to me, "you know you can come back, right?" I thought she was crazy for saying such a thing. Why would I do that? Why would I come this far to turn back around? 


Part of the reason I had second thoughts was, because I had to get used to everything. That's typical when people move to a new place. In fact I once heard it takes about 3 years to acclimate to a new place before you start feeling like you have a solid grasp on things. I believe it.

Another conversation I had with a friend, really helped me settle in and made me feel better about the move. When I told him how I was feeling, I'll never forget the words he told me. He said, "get out the boat, Sharon." Wow, this stopped me in my tracks. What could I say to that? It was all I needed to hear to move forward with even more confidence. The words this man spoke were wisdom and further confirmation that God was surely in this move. I didn't doubt my move anymore after that.

Getting out the boat was an appropriate analogy. 

It came from the book of Matthew 14:22-33 when Jesus walked on the water. He then told Peter to get out the boat and walk on the water towards Him. He was testing Peter's faith. Although Peter walked on the water, he began to sink when he took his eyes off of Jesus. I admired Peter's faith, because at least he had enough courage to get out the boat. I identified with that, because I too, needed to trust God more. It was clear I needed to have the faith that He was with me and I had nothing to worry about. That conversation was almost 8 years ago and God has worked in awesome ways countless times since being here.

It's a reminder that we will have those moments when we just have to step out boldly and go where no man has ever gone before, which is a separate and personal journey for each of us. Suffice it say, when we step out, God is with us. We won't sink as long as we keep our eyes on Him.

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