When Water becomes a Firm Foundation

Insecurity. The feeling of not being safe. On shaky ground. Unsure of the future.

And it comes from fear. Fear of hurt. Fear of being made to look the fool. Fear of abandonment.

Sometimes I feel insecure. I don’t know I where the insecurity has come from – I could over analyse, but it would only make matters worse. It is just there.

When life is plagued by insecurity I feel my house is collapsing. Like the foolish man, who built his house without a foundation. The winds come, the waves crash, and I crumble.

How unstoppable would I be if I could rid myself of insecurity in my year of no fear?

“Whoever listens to my teaching and follows it builds on a firm foundation,” Jesus said (Matthew 7:24).

Jesus. What He says. Follow.

I thought I did that?

The disciples were at sea. A storm emerged, tossing the boat, and terrifying the disciples. But Jesus was not far. He came to them on the water.

Matthew 14:27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”

Peter followed Jesus’ words. He had courage. He was not afraid. And stepped out of the boat.

In that moment, even water became a firm foundation.

Waves of fear crash around me. I feel insecure. I begin to sink.

“Don’t be afraid. Take courage. I am here.”

The words of Jesus replay in my mind.

“Don’t be afraid. Take courage. I am here.”

And whatever I am standing on becomes a firm foundation. I kick insecurity to the curb. I am unstoppable. I walk on water.

“Don’t be afraid. Take courage. I am here.” Jesus. Only Jesus.

Whatever I face, whatever the fear or insecurity – all I do is listen and follow. Then whatever I am standing on becomes a firm foundation. Miracles happen. Insecurity is ripped out from under me, and Jesus is there instead. Fear is swallowed and I am free. I am me.

And I am unstoppable.

“Don’t be afraid. Take courage. I am here.”

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Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

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