Struggle All Night Long!
A Kingdom Leader is aware that his struggles can be very useful. It has built in lessons for life that are very valuable. Each leader has areas of strength that become apparent when things get hard. But reliance on our strengths can cause us to miss the strengths of God.
The disciples were on the lake all night long. Jesus saw them there and came walking toward them early the next morning. But did you notice the intention of Jesus?
Mark 6:48 (NIV)
48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them,
These professional fishermen could not go a short distance on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus sees them there and intends to leave them there. Why? Because they had not learned from the fish and loaves. They depended on their ability to accomplish a task and not God's ability.
When you notice that struggles never seem to end then take a good look around. Jesus sees you. He knows where you are. He knows it goes on all night long. Maybe an powerful lesson will present itself soon. Maybe you rely on your ability and not His.
Pray that our faith will grow and rest in Him as we fly to Africa. We pray that your faith will also rest in His ability.
Cathy and Danny
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.