The older I get, the more I realize how many sentences, thoughts, and steps we take are incomplete... without an "and"... and what an injustice we do to ourselves, those around us, and the truth itself (Himself) to leave off the and that completes a bigger picture.
Peter jumped out of a boat to do something he didn't know how to do and wasn't capable of doing... and he trusted Jesus... and he kept his eyes on Jesus...
AND SO... Peter got to walk on the water.
Sometimes paths are different and uncertain... and its because there is somewhere we need to go... and God already knows where, and the right way to get there, and how we can receive the fullness out of every step of the journey. It means it's not all about us... it's far more wonderful...and He allows us the privilege of purpose... and peace. AND no matter where the path goes, we are never alone.
"and" means never alone.
Pirate patches... and joy and laughter.
and special friends who like to hang out on the path with you.
Every statement we can make has an and ... its' a promise from God... AND His character is the answer to our every circumstance... and safety... joy... and peace and abundant life. And means nothing to be afraid of.
The and far surpasses anything else. And means the privilege of standing on promises.
"And" means never alone.
"Rejoice in the Lord [because who He is, is big enough to handle your concerns] and again I say, Rejoice!" Philippians 4:4
He works everything together for good... and He makes all things beautiful.
What a wonderful Savior.