Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Jump INTO the boat - Risky?

Risk Taking...

I've heard a lot of talks about "Jumping out of the Boat",
referring to when Peter took the risk
and jumped out of the boat to attempt to walk on water to Jesus.
(If you're not familiar with this story, you can find it HERE.)

If you have been following any of my posts 
about my nephew Joel and his fight with brain cancer,
you will probably understand why I've been thinking about risk taking. 

A few "risk takers" in the Bible caught my attention this week.
One was Jacob, as he finally relented in letting his older sons take his beloved son
Benjamin to Egypt to purchase food in order to keep the family alive
during a time of great famine.
(You can find that story HERE.)

 Another person, 
this one ready to give up her own life to save the lives
of her people, was Esther. 
You have probably heard her famous quote which says, 
"If I perish, I perish"!
(Her story can be found HERE.)

Diane, a friend of mine that is pretty much home-bound due to intense pain,
sent me a link to an incredible video about the largest sea evacuation in history.
It was after 911. 
 People were trapped  on the island of Manhattan.
Many of them had never been in a boat,
and were terrified to jump onto a boat with strangers,
but since it was their only option,  
(To watch this amazing short video narrated by Tom Hanks, click HERE.)   

And of course, we can't overlook the greatest risk taker of all!
What a risk it was for Jesus, the Son of God, to leave heaven,
in hopes that we would accept His sacrifice of His life for us!
And it's even a bigger risk for us not to take the leap of faith to believe it!
(You can watch Billy Graham explain that  HERE.) 
We can either sit and look in...

...or take action,
and JUMP!

May we all have courage to take the necessary JUMPS that are before us today,
remembering the words of the Apostle Paul who said,
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"!

My ROCK of the week can be found on Rock4Today,
featuring the Names of God on Rocks

Thanks for stopping by!
God bless!


Leovi said...

Let's put all our hopes in favor of his nephew!

Karen S. said...

Jump, yes, jump all the way!

Carol L McKenna said...

Oh too cute for words ~ love the photos and the doggie ~ for Jump ~ thanks for your comments ~
carol, xxx

Pondside said...

A prayer for your nephew, for certain!

Joy said...

When we have God with us, we can do anything.
I will include your nephew in my prayer.
have a nice day and hugs from me:)

Along These Lines ... said...

Jump for Joy

Tracy Cook said...

Hi I am on day 10 of 90 reading the bible. When I come to the verses you have shared I will try and remember and pray for you God Bless

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Very inspirational! I love your analogies and am praying for your nephew...

Lmkazmierczak said...

What a great your Bible references. May the Holy Spirit be with your nephew and all your family.

Melody Harrison said...

Yours words always inspire me.
Hugs and prayer for your nephew.


Melody Harrison said...

Your words always inspire me.

Hugs and prayer for your nephew! xoxo


Jedidja said...

Lets see upon Jesus with all our sorrows. I love the dog-photos. Hug.

Lola said...

Agree -jump for joy.

And our prayers go to you for your nephew.

Many thanks for your comments.

Splendid Little Stars said...

Here's to jumping!
You've given us great examples.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Risk takers of the Bible. Now that's an interesting view point, but you're so on the money! I hope I am able to jump at the appropriate time. Thanks for sharing these lessons with us.

eileeninmd said...

I am sending my prayers to your nephew. Lovely post and a cute doggie. Wishing you a happy day!

Jenny said...

If we jump and just keep on believing, our worlds can be filled with joy...

Your always have so many words of wisdom to share with us!

Thanks for linking to the letter "J".