“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts.”  Psalm 28:7

In Joyland (Sunday School), we are currently learning about the story of how Jesus walked on water and rescued Peter when Peter, at Jesus’ invitation, got out of the boat and tried to walk on water to Jesus.  Peter was doing fine until he took his eyes off Jesus and began to notice the wind and waves around him.  He was assailed with doubts and began to sink.  He called out to Jesus and Jesus took Peter’s hand and saved him.  (Matthew 14:22-33)

How often are we like Peter?  We see all the turmoil that is going on around us and we become anxious and upset.  We feel stressed and depressed by circumstances that are often beyond our control.  We forget to keep our eyes on God and to put our trust in him.  Like Peter, we call out to God in desperation, but how much better would it be if we kept our eyes on God in the first place, taking our concerns and fears to him each day, asking for his strength and protection to get us through the day.

There is no better way to start each day than by talking to God.  You can do it sitting or standing, walking or running, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing.  There is no right or wrong way.  I like to talk to God as soon as I awaken before I am distracted by the busyness of the day.  I find that I can cope much better when I remember to thank God for the blessings he has bestowed upon me and ask him to watch over me and the ones I love .  It may not seem like it at times, but ultimately, God is in control.  We just need to remember that, and then do our best each day, putting our trust in him.