People sprawled all over the place, trying to stand, only to fall again. They were laughing and having fun, but try as they could, they were unable to stay on their feet.
A prize was offered for anyone who was able to walk through on their feet without slipping and sliding.
One man entered the barrel boasting that he had perfect balance and could remain upright. He took only a couple of steps before he too went sprawling and sliding. At the end, embarrassed, he declared no one could possibly achieve it, called the ride a rip-off and demanded his money back.
Then the owner entered the barrel and walked straight through, proving it was possible.
How did he do it? Well, of course he couldn’t reveal his secret but it was simple. Suspended at the end of the barrel was a small shiny object. He kept his eye firmly on that object, never looking at his feet or the swirling objects or the flashing lights or the sides of the barrel.
He maintained his focus and his feet maintained their path.
Sometimes we might feel as though we are in a topsy-turvy situation.
We might find the going difficult
and be tossed around in our minds and our emotions.
We might feel at our wit’s end or as if we are being put through a wringer.
We might feel as though we are struggling against the stream and even going under.
He walked on water until he took his eyes off Jesus and saw that the wind was boisterous.
His mind possibly challenged him, “What am I doing? I can’t walk on water!!!” and he began to sink.
Just as the owner of the barrel-ride – just as Peter – we need to FOCUS.
We need to “look unto Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2)
and keep our full focus on Him.
We can walk unerringly through the roughest turmoil
when we keep our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus
and not on ourselves, our circumstances
or other people or things.
UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES?
UNBELIEF puts our CIRCUMSTANCES between US and GOD.
FAITH puts GOD between US and our CIRCUMSTANCES.