Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Walking on Water

(Jesus was) walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost.  They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified.  Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” -- Mark 6:48-50
So I thought I'd tell you about why i named this blog Walking on Water.  A good friend accused me of perpetually rebelling against reality, and asked why it is so hard for me to accept the way things are.  I think it's because I don't accept "reality" as real.  Senses fail us and what may seem real is only the power of my (or someone else's) mind to create an illusion.

Take Peter for example.  He was invited OUT of the boat to walk on the water.  For a few seconds he forgot his "human limitations" and he actually took a couple steps before panicking and falling into the water, proving humans CAN walk on water.  Madeleine L'Engle wrote a book by the same title - Walking on Water.  I'll blame her for my craziness, for like her I often sit beside or walk near water and contemplate whether I can walk on water too.  You can fairly often even find me practicing.  I don't like believing I'm stuck with anything the way it is, and by believing in God strongly enough my spirit is able to catch the belief that all things are possible.

We can over come our limitations.  Keeping our eyes on Jesus walking toward us out of the storm-tossed sea and believing we can join him there reduces the size and "reality" of the storm's power over us.  I named this blog Walking on Water mostly to remind myself not to succumb to the definitions of reality that keep me small and surrendered to circumstances; that there is a larger Reality who believes in me and invites me out of the boat and the safe harbors to walk with Him.  Walk on!

Help me Holy God to meet You on the storm-tossed waves and taking Your hand to not be afraid.  Amen

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