Jasmine's Place Issue No. 12 - July/August 2014 - Page 15

“Hey, Daddy, I bet you can’t catch me.” happen to this little guy.” A pair of short, stubby legs, that could barely outrun a tortoise, does his version of a race close to where I’ve retreated and heads for the open waters. Isn’t that what Jesus wanted Peter to believe?! “…It is I; do not be afraid…Come…O you of little faith…” Where IS Daddy? It looks as if this little guy isn’t going to stop. Just before two little feet go for the foamy end of a wave, I feel the sharp spray of sand as two lanky legs sprint past me. With few seconds to spare, a man scoops up the happy, arm flinging racer and carries him on his shoulder out into the surging waters. Whew! He just made it in time. I interrupt their trek on the way back to their beach spot. “You gave me a scare, little guy.” He glares at me with a furrowed brow. What IS this lady talking about? But his father understands. He caresses his son’s damp curls and grins at me. “Don’t worry, Ma’am, I have it all under control. We play this game all the time when we come to the beach. He knows I would let nothin’ His revelation replaces my trepidation, and I see beyond the shallow waters of my faithlessness. Beyond the safety of the shoreline, in the turbulent and risky deep, that’s where miracles happen, and where we learn what faith can do. Nothing much has changed since that day by the ocean. I’m still the same stay behind the scenes, “not I, Lord, somebody else can do it better” person. But miracles happened in spite of me. That summer, Jesus and I held the largest, most fun-packed Vacation Bible School in the history of our church. And like the net that almost broke with the over abundance of fish when Peter “launched out in the deep,” we almost had more children than we could handle. And the kids weren’t the only ones having a blast during those two weeks of miracles. I had a great time walking with Jesus where I would never have gone on my own, and knowing He would not let me sink. Copyright © Lillian Rhoades http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level4-previous.php?id=48133 JASMINE'S PLACE 15