His response? “Now watch this”

This morning He grabbed 14 verses and spoke for hours. All those hours in just a few seconds. God O’Clock time.

And I was sitting here thinking I have seen so much, been given so much, this is just “WOW”! And in thanking Him for such a special treat, I dismissed any thought of sharing. Too long. Too wordy.

His response? “Now watch this, Paul!”

He has never done a post “this way” before. And it remains our shorthand and much abbreviated. But you know what … it “gets” so much of what I “got” this morning. And I suspect He will expand the word count in your head if you allow:

”Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.”
(Love for My boys – Love for Me – Love for all)

”And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray.”
(Love for My Father – the greatest of all)

”When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake.”
(Spiritual and physical – they are one to Me – why not to you)

”But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear.”
(Demons or Angels – even Me – why do they always look the same to you)

”But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’”
(Love for My boys – no lessons – always safety)

”Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’”
(Testing your faith in My power in you – isn’t that a no-no Paul – naughty-naughty!)

”He said, ‘Come.’”
(Guess what – I allow “testing” in love)

”So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’”
(Failing – you testing your faith in My power in you – and you failed badly)

”Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him,”
(Guess what – there is NO failing – not with Me – never failing – ever – and please reinforce this one point until I say stop – not quite there yet because I really mean NEVER – okay … now stop)

“saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’”
(My power in you is constant – but ONLY if YOU allow ME)

”When they got into the boat, the wind ceased.”
(Spiritual and physical – ditto – why are you always amazed)

”And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’”
(Love for the Me – love for the Father – love for each other – I call this My Full House!)

”When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. After the people of that place recognized him, they sent word throughout the region and brought all who were sick to him, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak;”
(Spiritual and the physical – ditto … ditto … ditto – have you got it yet Paul?)

”and all who touched it were healed.”
(My power within IS JUST Love – there is no “spiritual and physical” – so please stop trying to unpick them Paul)
Matthew 14:22-36

Thank you Lord, Father, Son, Christ, God, Saviour, Teacher, Holy Spirit, God Soft Hands Jesus –


18 thoughts on “His response? “Now watch this”

  1. I do so know the ‘too long, too windy’ place of words. Kinda glad He did this though… THANK you for listening. I needed to read this today.
    MY weird solution to the long and windy is:Poetry. But that I think has become MINE – digging deep to find HIS. In everything once again – I need sharpening up. 🙂


  2. “Demons or Angels – even Me – why do they always look the same to you.”
    Wow! What a soul-penetrating question from a Loving Savior! Motivates me to greater intimacy so His voice is the most familiar voice I know.
    Great conversation with GSHJ! Blessings.


    • Mel, you always pick “a piece of fruit” I sort of had seen in the fruit bowl and not really noticed as anything special. I got wrapped in the “you do not fail” talking to. So thank you!
      Now I can have a long look from a different angle at something precious! 🙂

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  3. This spoke to me in more ways than I can count. The desire to pick apart the spiritual from the physical, “testing in love,” no failing with God… you just gave my mind a brain freeze which is good because it allowed the words to go straight to my heart.

    Thank you!


    • Lilka I was just sitting on this page replying to the comments above, and yours went “WHAM” as my reply to Mel updated. That is another first!! And quite a moment!! Thank you! 🙂
      And then your words … wow!
      I had my own misgivings about this post. Not as convinced as He was that it would “travel” with any understanding. But – you get used to nodding and then pressing Publish. And then here you are with this comment.

      I have just learned something anew about GSHJ: He doesn’t do smug! All I can sense is a loving arm around my shoulder as I struggle with “You knew – how?”
      One comfort zone – just been lovingly extended (again)!

      Thank you – your words are still bouncing around all of this!


  4. For me, the bit that helped me as I prepare for another terrifying council meeting tomorrow night where I stand alone in my opinion:

    “saying to him(or to her), ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’”
    (My power in you is constant – but ONLY if YOU allow ME)

    And especially this bit “But ONLY if YOU allow ME”

    Too often I try to do it in my own strength which is in fact puny weakness.

    A friend told me that she had a slowing down of her thoughts as she was walking on the road near to the Town Hall recently and she saw me receive a Blessing from God, an outpouring, and a sense that I would know that I had been blessed.

    Since then I have wondered what the Blessing might be and I think (Hope) that it might be in tomorrow night’s council meeting -that He will give me the words to say (or the peace to keep silent) and give us all His love for each other so that we can listen to each other in our strivings for the common good.



    • Julia you bring such real living to these conversations. In itself that is such a precious gift. So often I find myself struggling for an “adequate” response – whatever that means.
      I found myself in a conversation yesterday – more and more frustrated – working harder and harder to contain that – not seeing a clear conclusion and way forwards. And just when my own capacity for “calm” was about to break I heard Him whisper: “And now Paul you are right where I need you to be.”
      And then “got it”: I had “run out” of “me” – and either exploded (!!) or “allowed”. I allowed, and twenty-fours later (against all “me” logic) a conclusion way beyond anything I could imagine has fruited.

      Whether that will be you and Him tomorrow evening, whether your friend and this blessing is part of tomorrow only He knows. My prayers are with you for your “allowing” – whatever He has in mind through you and with you. I know you will be safe. I know you are standing up for something worth standing up for. I know you feel alone. I did last night until He whispered. Let Him whisper.


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  5. Paul, my insightful dirt brother, you have done it again. You have plopped Scripture on the page and penetrated my heart with your presentation. Wowee. Just WOW. WEE.

    This part really struck me:
    ”Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him,”
    (Guess what – there is NO failing – not with Me – never failing – ever – and please reinforce this one point until I say stop – not quite there yet because I really mean NEVER – okay … now stop)

    With Jesus, there is no FAILing OR FALLing. Oh sure, we trip over ourselves and our pride and our idols and our doubt. We wobble in the waves and sink in our sin. But when He calls us to Him and we accept His hand, we don’t fail and we don’t fall. And you know what’s right there in the “unwritten” portion of this passage? That beautifully powerful ALLOW.

    Jesus ALLOWED Peter to sink so he would recognize his need for a Savior.

    Then Peter ALLOWED Jesus to catch him.

    It took Jesus reaching out His hand to me to make me realize I was drowning, to make me see just how broken my life was. To make me place my scarred and bruised hand in His and ask Him to save me from myself.
    Before Jesus, I was drowning, failing, and falling in my sin. With Him by my side, I am floating, blooming, and walking in His Truth.

    I think of that oft quoted line from “A League of Their Own”, “There’s no crying in baseball.”

    Now I hear, “There’s no failing OR falling in Me…if you allow.”

    Thank you as usual, Paul, for bearing much fruit for our Father and for allowing me the privilege of partaking.


    • Heather, how wonderful to see you here! Thank you. This post has been a complete surprise. Not intended, not convinced that He knew what He was doing. Not optimistic it was even worth posting.

      As always the community here “allows” something far beyond the words of a post – more than the God O’Clock conversation before writing. Your words and insights – as with each here – taking a reflection of light and shining a huge great light show back!

      “There’s no failing OR falling in Me … if you allow”

      I kicked and squirmed. I saw “failure”. He didn’t. And that is why I am saying “okay Lord if you say so” more and more. It has taken decades – it will take more. But each step becomes easier – He even seems content to allow my more reluctant steps!!

      And that is why I gain so much from sharing here. Always I gain more than I ever give. Here’s to “floating and blooming” together!!



  6. Ahh… this is one of my favorite passages!!

    “saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’”
    (My power in you is constant – but ONLY if YOU allow ME)”

    That is good stuff right there…CONSTANT POWER! Oh the thought! Emmanuel- God with us! God IN us! And of course, I have songs going through my head now 🙂 One of them is called Jesus, Savior, Pilot me. It’s an old hymn and someone recently shared this version with me- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EehdzN5lVh8

    Here are the words-

    Jesus, Savior, pilot me,
    Over life’s tempestuous sea;
    Unknown waves before me roll,
    Hiding rock and treach’rous shoal;
    Chart and compass came from Thee:
    Jesus, Savior, pilot me.
    As a mother stills her child,
    Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
    Boist’rous waves obey Thy will
    When Thou say’st to them, “Be still!”
    Wondrous Sov’reign of the sea,
    Jesus, Savior, pilot me.
    When at last I near the shore,
    And the fearful breakers roar
    ’Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
    Then, while leaning on Thy breast,
    May I hear Thee say to me,
    “Fear not, I will pilot thee.”


    • In a boat. Lying on my back. Looking at the sky and sun. Gentle swell. Sounds of “wavy slops” against the boat. Just me and Him. Not every day is a storm.

      “Fear not, I will pilot thee”

      GAWJUS!!! Thank you Julie.


  7. What struck me about the “Guess what – there is NO failing – not with Me – never failing – ever” was Peter asked Jesus to command him. His heart was with Jesus, and Jesus knew his heart. Yes, he lost his focus because of circumstances (don’t we all); yes, he stepped off the path temporarily (don’t we all). But when he did, who did he cry out to? Jesus.

    I hear the voice of Jesus saying in a gentle, compassionate tone, “Peter, why did you doubt me even for a moment? What got into you? I’m standing right here in front of you? What will happen when I’m not physically here for you to focus on?”

    I’m so moved this never-ever failing is a reality through the Holy Spirit, because Jesus IS right here, in front of us, behind us, beside us, abiding in us. (whew!) Relieved, grateful, warmed by His everlasting love and grace. ❤


    • Hiya Susan, loved your post today! And just reading your comment here the word “church” keeps dancing in my head. The joining together in love and fellowship, seeing goodness and God in each other. Lifting each other up, and by doing nothing else other than this – lifting Him up in love and fellowship. 🙂


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