So she continue to pray and write letters to FEMA. In the meantime, she had to make a couple of very large house payments, dipping into her savings account which was quickly being depleted. She was starting to think it was all over and she was going to have to move. So one morning, as she started to prepare her mind for the steps towards putting her home up for sell, she decided to spend some time with the Lord. As she opened up her daily devotion the very first words that were written were "Do not be afraid to go into the deep water." She read it again and again and again. She couldn't believe what God had told her. She went on to read the lesson. Jesus told Peter to not be afraid, to keep his eyes on Him. This is what my friend had been doing but like Peter, she too was starting to look around at the water and start to sink. But just like Jesus with Peter, He was there for my friend too. He comforted her, encouraged her and gave her the peace that can only come from God. Do not be afraid to go into the deep water..wow she said. God is going to take care of me. It doesn't matter where live, it only matters that I trust God..even in the deep waters of places and things and situations I am afraid of.
Not long after she did her devotion she got a letter from FEMA. They agreed with her and rezoned her land as well as returned all the extra money. She shared that she just cried with joy. She had trust God and he took care of her. She said that particular day was her weekly Bible study with other ladies in town. She was so excited to share with them of God's great provision and how to not be be afraid to go into the deep water.
Matthew 14: 22-32
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”