Good question. In my last post, I related how my birth certificate and my passport had two different names. The birthdate was the same. But my original name was Janneth Corina Perez Arenas. And my passport read, “Janet Eckles.” Bolivia’s laws now require a mandatory ID for those born in Bolivia.
To obtain said ID, I had to change my birth certificate. And while in Bolivia, this was a cumbersome legal process, one for which I had no time or money to spend.
So I did what a good-sensed, logical, faith-filled chica would do—nothing, but pray. I prayed for the person at the immigration counter who would be reviewing my documents. And thus, would make the call to let me out of the country, or pay for a visa, or keep me there.
I resisted the temptation to be like Peter. When a storm came while he was on the boat, he saw Jesus. “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:22-31)
Peter became afraid when he saw the wind. Did you ever see the wind? I never did (even when I had eyesight). What he “saw” in his mind was the potential damage the wind could cause.
I learned from Peter. I wouldn’t allow fear of something that hadn’t happened yet control me.
When the moment came for me to exit the country the immigration official reviewed both of my documents. Then after a long silence, he said, “Go on through ma’am.” No questions. No fees. No threats.
Father, when I keep my eyes on you, peace filters through. When I trust in your resolution, calmness surrounds me. And when my eyes are focused on your power, the results leave me in awe. Thank you for calling me to walk on the water of trust. I pray you will never say to me, “why did you doubt?” In Jesus’ name, amen.
- What wind is blowing through your life right now?
- Are your eyes focused on the potential danger or on Jesus?
- What amount of faith fills your heart today?
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