Moms Are World Changers
I recently started running again. I am using an app to help me train for a 5k and I always find that the middle part of the run is the hardest. At the beginning I have energy and I am ready for what is ahead. As I progress with the run the more tired I become.
I am realizing that our life is a lot like going on a run. Every journey we go on has a beginning, middle and end. The middle is defined as the center of something. We aren’t closer to the one side or the other, we are at equal distances. I believe, in life the middle is always the hardest. I want to share 6 things that God has shown me through Mark 6:45-48 that has strengthened and helped me get through my “middles” in life.
At once, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and start back across to Bethsaida. But he stayed until he had sent the crowds away. Then he told them goodbye and went up on the side of the mountain to pray. Later in the evening he was still there by himself, and the boat was somewhere in the middle of the lake. He could see that the disciples were struggling hard, because they were rowing against the wind. Not long before morning, Jesus came toward them. He was walking on the water and was about to pass the boat.” Mark 6:45-48 (CEV)
1. Jesus often calls us on the journey with little detail.
It says that “Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and start back across to Bethsaida.” Jesus told the disciples enough information for them to get into the boat and go. He didn’t give them all the details because they probably would not have gone if they knew a storm was coming. I believe God only gives us certain details because we can’t handle all the details. I know that if I knew about all the uncertainty and hardships of the middle areas I may have planned my journey a little differently or may have not gone at all.
2. We need to train before we get to our middle
I just started running about a week ago (haven’t ran in 5 years!). So If I told you I was going to run a marathon tomorrow you would probably think I was crazy! It takes marathon runners months of training to be able to run a marathon. Even with all the training they say that most runners suffer from leg cramping, dizziness and much more. Just like a trained marathon runner the disciples were trained in something: fishing. They had years of experience and they knew what to do during a storm. But the Bible says they were still struggling.
So many times we reach the middle of our journey and we have no training to rely on. My inability to run a marathon tomorrow is like a person trying to make it through the middle without any training. We never read our bible, never spend time with God and we expect to get through the middle with little to no difficulty. The middle is a hard place, but learning to lean on your experience and training while you go through the middle will ensure you reach the destination God has for you!
3. Our faith is tested in the middle.
In the middle we are most vulnerable. It is the time when the devil comes to steal and destroy the destination God has for us. This is the time we have to put into practice what Gods word says. I encourage you to surround yourself with people that will help you get through your middle situation because the devil will do anything to get you to go back to your previous shore.
It says the disciples were rowing against the wind… I am going to take a guess here and say the wind was pulling them in the opposite direction of were Jesus said He would meet them. They kept their eyes on the destination ahead. It was tough but they focused on were Jesus called them to go. So when your faith is being tested remember where God called you and focus on your destination.
4. Jesus may be silent but He is still Present.
It said that Jesus went up to the side of the mountain to pray. I believe that he was preparing for the destination ahead of them. When God is silent I believe it is because he is preparing our destination. In His silence I believe we learn the most about ourselves. In those times, I have seen my strengths, my fears and also my weaknesses come through. Its provided me an opportunity to work on being more like Him.
5. One more stride and you are closer to the destination.
I use an app when I run and it tells me when I am halfway done with the workout. So I know that with just one more stride I am closer to the end. Many times when we are in the middle we simply give up. We are so caught up in the hardship of the middle that we forget we are only one more stride away from being closer to the destination God has for us!
6. He’s got it under control. So stop Worrying!
When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, they thought he was a ghost, and they started screaming. All of them saw him and were terrified. But at the same time he said, “Don’t worry! I am Jesus. Don’t be afraid.” He then got into the boat with them, and the wind died down. The disciples were completely confused. Their minds were closed, and they could not understand the true meaning of the loaves of bread.” Mark 6:49-52 (CEV)
If you continue reading Mark 6 you will find that when they reached their destination people were waiting for Jesus. Their next destination was full of miracles and a huge part of Jesus’ ministry. The middle prepared the disciples for this destination. They realized that He was truly the Son of God. So remember Mark 6, “Don’t worry! I am Jesus. Don’t be afraid.” God gives us middles to prepare us for the destination.
Hello my name is Tiffany. I am a mom to two beautiful children, Landon & Madelyn and a wife to my Prince Charming, David. A few of my favorite things are Disney, the beach, sharpies & post its.