Iâ€™m sure most everyone is familiar with Robert Fulghumâ€™s 1990 book, â€œAll I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.â€ In it, Fulghum says that the wisdom we glean about how to live, what to do and how to be is not found at the top of any graduate school mountain. Itâ€™s in kindergarten where we are taught: to play fair, not to hit people, to put things back where we found them, to clean up our own mess, to not take things that arenâ€™t ours, to say weâ€™re sorry when we’ve hurt somebody, to wash our hands before we eat and to flush. Itâ€™s in kindergarten where we learn that warm cookies and cold milk are good for us, where we draw and paint and sing and dance and get to take a nap every afternoon. Itâ€™s also where we learn that if weâ€™re going to go out into the world, we have to watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
What great concepts to live by at any age!
My Life Group Bible Study is currently reading and discussing, â€œIf You Want to Walk on Water, Youâ€™ve Got to Get Out of the Boat,â€ by John Ortberg. This book is based on Matthew 14:25-32 â€“ the story of Jesus walking on water in the midst of a terrible storm. Peter is in the boat with the rest of the disciples when they see Jesus and think itâ€™s a ghost. Peter calls out, â€œLord, if itâ€™s you, command me to come to you on the water.â€ Jesus says, â€œCome,â€ and Peter does. Heâ€™s walking on water, too, until he notices the strong winds and the crashing waves. HeÂ becomes frightened and starts to sink. â€œLord, save me,â€ he calls out. Jesus reaches for his hand and catches him and says, â€œYou of Little Faith, why did you doubt?â€
Just before we met at our house last week, I received something by e-mail that I shared with the group. I don’t know this author, but it’s along the lines of what Robert Fulghum said about kindergarten and ties in nicely with the fact that Peter may have been the first one out of the boat, but Jesusâ€™ invitation to walk on water is for all of us when our walking on water means facing our fears through the storms that rip through our lives.
And the storms are legion. Among them — sin, sickness, war, accidents.
These words are titled, â€œEverything I Need to Know, I Learned from Noahâ€™s Ark.â€ They are:
1. Donâ€™t miss the boat
2. Remember â€“ we are all in the same boat
3. Plan ahead. It wasnâ€™t raining when Noah built the ark
4. Stay fit. When youâ€™re 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big
5. Donâ€™t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done
6. Build your future on high ground
7. For safetyâ€™s sake, travel in pairs
8. Speed isnâ€™t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs
9. When youâ€™re stressed, float a while
10. Remember, the ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals
11. No matter the storm, when you are with God, thereâ€™s always a rainbow
12. Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if youâ€™re not willing to move your feet
Once again â€“ what great concepts to live by!
May your storms be few!