As many of you know, my most recent stint at Rockmont came to close this summer, and I was able to give the closing talk for our campers and staff. Watch it below, and scroll to the bottom to read a little bit more about the topic and see my sketchnotes.
I gave this talk while a lot of inner turmoil was going on. We moved just five days after delivering the talk, and Rockmont is simply a special place full of wonderful people. For me, there’s nowhere like it in the world. Morgan and I were moving to a new city, a new place, new people, new jobs, new everything.
There’s a lot to be excited about with change and the opportunities which arise, but still a stressful time. For me, I was transitioning away from work and a mission which I was very passionate about. I didn’t even know what I was going to do next, other than the three R’s; running, reading, and writing
The text which inspired the talk was from Matthew 14:22-33. The story is Jesus walking on water, and Peter attempts to walk out and join him. Now, I was focused on Peter. Jesus walking on water is understandable, he’s God after all. But Peter? Just a guy. Peter walking on water is impossible. Right?
Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.
I related it to a story from my first summer at camp, when I was too afraid to do the zipline. I couldn’t take the step from what was comfortable in to the unknown. I was stuck.
As many of us do, Peter became afraid, doubted this miracle could last, and began to sink. I consider how often I sink into doubt, wondering if everything is going to work out. I think we all do. The good news for me, and everyone, is what happened next.
Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
I knew many people who were listening and struggling with some of the same things I was. Doubt and worry over the next step, where they were going to live, how to pay for school, rent, and food. We all needed to get out of the boat and trust that God would care for us. In Luke 12:22-24, Jesus reassures us.
He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
I also took heart in the words to Joshua, who had currently stepped in the leadership role left by Moses, who was kind of a big deal…
Be strong and courageous… for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Rockmont had made me very comfortable, and I loved being there. But I had felt a tug on my heart last May, and I was trying to avoid it. I wanted to stay comfortable. Going to new places, smaller spaces, and different work felt impossible at times.
Well, I’m out of my comfort zone now, going from 500 acres to 500 square feet, learning how to get over myself and do work that matters when it’s not easy and built in to your job.
I’m stepping out of the boat, and into the impossible
The past several months I’ve renewed my commitment to sketching, especially in my note-taking. I’ll be posting more here in the future, but here are my notes from the talk. They’re less artistic than most have been lately, and I think it’s because I was writing out specific phrases I wanted to be able to repeat. If you want to see more of my sketchnotes, check them out on Flickr.
One of the many things I am doing now is speaking to church, youth, school, and parent groups. If you like this talk and want to have me speak to a group you’re a part of, let me know! You can contact me through email or Twitter. You can also check out my speaker page. Thanks!