A Stroll At Leisure With God

Earl Was Saved and Then Died

I just heard an incredible story about my mom from Marilyn yesterday. There was a guy in my mom’s area of the nursing home. His name was Earl. The story is that my mom led him to Jesus! She talked with him the other day and they prayed together. Then, a couple of days after this, Earl died. We trust he is now in his eternal home with Jesus! Praise God!

Marilyn and I are so thankful to hear this story. It means that whatever has happened to my mom, her essential character has not changed. She is still struggling, however. Her back hurts her and she wants to come home with Marilyn and me. We keep telling her she will be going home soon—not to worry.

This morning, I continue with another awesome story that occurred on a stormy lake 2000 years ago. Yesterday, we looked at the passage that indicated that Peter walked on the water! He did it for a while, at least.

“But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got into the boat, the wind stopped” (Matthew 14:30-32 NASB).

Peter began to look around and got scared, so he cried out to Jesus. Of course, the Savior was right there and pulled him out of the raging waters. He rebuked Peter for doubting. And I think Peter doubted two things. First, his fear caused him to sink. He placed his faith in Jesus at first but then took his eyes off the Lord. Second, I think he may have even doubted that Jesus could rescue him, but the Son of God came through on both counts.

Here is an interesting fact: when they both got back into the boat, the wind died down—the test was over.

I want to stay on top of the water as long as this test will last. Just like my mom, Marilyn and I want to pass the test without doubting, all the way to end of this trial the Lord has us in.

Lord, only You know if someone is genuinely saved, but we pray for Earl. We trust that he was and is now with you. Thank You for helping my mom to share with him. Thank You for this trial You have us in. Help us all to keep our eyes riveted on the Wave Walker, Jesus. Amen.
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