Prayer does not come easily when we are overwhelmed, and out of our depth as a friend was in the last few days, when becoming suddenly bereaved and not knowing where to begin to solve all the practical problems resulting. For those of us who love The Lord this is where the Holy Spirit will intercede for us even before the words are framed, and how quickly The Lord will minister to us if we will but allow ourselves to listen.
What The Lord whispered in this instance were not new words but old ones, and not easily obeyed, because they require from us a positive reply and a little of both the courage and faith of Simon Peter when stepping out of the boat in Matthew 14: 22-32 to walk on water…. For my friend there was no divine guidance plan, no agenda for the day simply, these lovely words from a very old Hymn by William Cowper, who was himself subject to very deep depression at times, the kind of depression that my friend felt was surely going to be the end result of what the unknown future might hold:-
“God moves in mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.”
I told you they were old words, but given with the spirits touch they spoke confidence to a faltering spirit and opened the eyes of my friend to gaze in wonder, to see the Feet of Jesus walking on the sea; His reaching out with strong arm as Peter began to sink; opened them to read that the psalms speak of The Lord riding the very wings of the storm, that she dreaded, coming to her rescue…. and after all it is a true, indisputable fact that ‘stillness’ lies in the very eye of the storm.
And so, we read in Psalm 77 and verse 19:
“Your path led through the sea,
your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.”
For that is how The Lord rescued Israel, He led them not by an easy path, with all the answers known, but through the piled up waters of the Red Sea, those footsteps took courage, but with each step faith grew, and so, my friend now felt would hers. She remembered that she was called to walk by faith and not by sight; that she would never experience the calm and stillness in the eye of the storm and in the heart of God unless she first gave up trying, and seeking ways to evade it.
As for fear, well there is such a thing as falling into the arms of God. This was how The Lord was teaching His child how to walk, head knowledge is nothing, experience is all!
Most importantly, it is not knowing the path but walking it!