In preschool, my kids sang a song about the wheels on the bus going round & round; the horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep; the wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish . . . . I thought it was a stupid song because it was mundane & didn’t really have anything catchy about it. But my kids are teenagers now & I’m still singing “the wheels on the bus”, so there must be something sticky to the song or I’d not be humming the tune mindlessly on any given day.
And the truth be known, I find myself humming this tune when I get stressed out about a situation or get panicky about what the future might look like. This song reminds me that Jesus is incarnate & left us with the Holy Spirit who keeps the wheels on my bus spinning round & round so I can continue to move forward with God’s plan for my life.
A schmaltzy tune & very mundane reminding me of God’s very daily & integrated presence into my earthy existence 🙂
I love the story about how Peter walked on the water to Jesus, nevermind that he almost sank because Peter walked on water, unaided, more than any human in all history. Eleven of Jesus’ followers stayed in the boat at the same time that Peter walked on the water in the middle of a storm. Here are a few things to consider about walking on water:
in order to get out of the boat, Peter needed his fellow disciples to hold the boat steady – let’s hold the boat for the people in our lives who are trying to do the impossible (rather than taking cheap shots & shouting out disparaging & discouraging remarks from the sidelines).
keep Jesus front & center: life has enough waves, winds, storms, setbacks & discouragements to make us sink & even tell us not to try & walk on the water; stay on target
if you want to walk with Jesus, being as close as possible, sometimes you have to get out of the boat (what’s known, safe, familiar & comfortable); do what you’ve never done to get what you’ve never had
walking is something very common & mundane; walking on water is miraculous, combining the mundane with the miraculous is exactly Who Jesus is – the incarnate God; consider that at some point in your walk with God, you’ll have to get out of the boat & take a stroll ,)