The Lord used this fishing experience to remind me to keep my eyes on Him alone. You see…Neil took Anna, Kevin and myself to the dam to fish. The last time Neil and I were there, I got nervous as one of the pontoons had a leak and the boat was not level. I was fearful of sinking and going under the hazardous waters. This trip was different because the pontoon had been welded and fixed. However, in the back, of my mind I was thinking about the last trip and about the father and his two sons who recently drown at a nearby dam only a few months ago.
While we were tied to the dam, the boat would bang into the cement wall and make a horrible noises. I also noticed water coming aboard and this alarmed me. In the midst of the banging and swirling water underneath the boat, I lost my peace and focus. Kevin commented if anything were to happen, we just needed to dive deep and out to avoid the dangerous currents.
After safely returning to shore, the Lord showed me how my attention was on my circumstances and not Him. He also prompted me that deep calls to deep and His Kingdom is upside down. If we would have gone under, my natural instinct would be to try to get to the surface. However, I would have needed to do the exact opposite to get to safety. Just as people are beginning to riot, we need to keep our eyes focused on what God is up to and not get distracted by how the enemy is working.
Oh, how thankful I am of His reminders of how quickly we can get our eyes off of Him and lose our peace. That we need to constantly be praising Him and remembering He is good and faithful, so we will not open the door to the enemy and become paralyzed by fear. The Lord brought to my remembrance how He slept during the storm and spoke peace into existence. My prayer is the next time things seem chaotic around me, I can keep my eyes focused on Him and I can speak peace instead of fear.