Haven’t Mastered The Walkin’ on Water Thing Yet
How to stay afloat when the floods are a-risin’
I was talking to a friend the other day and mentioned something about “walking on water”. I said that if someone said I looked like I was able to walk on water, the onlooker just didn’t see the giant stilts that were holding me up! There are times I look at people and think, “Why can’t I be as rock solid as them?” “Why do I still allow myself to become so overwhelmed? Is my faith that weak?” Scripture is clear: ” We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 2 Cor. 4:8″ Well, sometimes I feel like I am a “grape” that is “hard pressed” to the very brink of being crushed – that the very life juice is being squished out of me! So, why do I get that way sometimes? What is wrong with me? I know God is able to keep me afloat. There can be many reasons for my distress, but the following are my top 10 hit list:
- I get distracted by everything going on around me. Instead of spending time with the Lord, I am caught up in a whirlwind of daily chaos.
- I begin to suffer from tunnel vision. My eyes become fixated on the problem, instead of the problem solver!
- I listen to the voices of earthly “reason”. Instead of standing on the Word, I begin to listen to the earthly voices of doubt disguised as a common sense answer – the way the “world” does it.
- I allow myself to go into the “woe as me” syndrome. If no one else will feel sorry for me, I guess I will!
- I allow myself to get over committed. I say “yes” to please people, when God would really have me to say “no” in order to stay on track with what He wants me to do.
- I allow myself to get over tired – yes, over tired. When I am exhausted, everything is magnified.
- I get sooooo caught up in “stuff”, that I don’t take time to get refreshed by good, godly fellowship.
- And then, if that isn’t enough to make me go under, I begin to listen to all the guilty accusations of the enemy: “You will never change, you’re just not good enough.”
- Then when I blow it because of all the above, I don’t forgive myself. I would quickly forgive someone else but not myself.
- The final slap comes in the form of feeling like a total failure. Instead of being able to look at the situation from a proper perspective, I just know I am a failure – period, end of it!
When Peter got out of the boat to walk on the water to Jesus he got distracted by the storm. He then started to go under when his eyes focused on the storm and waves. (Mathew 14) Poor ol’ Peter began to sink big time. But let’s give ol’ Peter some credit – he at least he got out of the boat. Also, notice Jesus’ reaction. When Peter cried out for help, he helped him! He did not let him drown. Jesus helped him back in the boat; and also notice that with Jesus in the picture the storm died down. This teaches me..
- Give ourselves some credit – we are at least out of the boat!
- Re-focus! Hey girl! Hey Guy! Get your eyes back on Jesus!
- Yell… Cry out to the King of Kings; the Lord of Lords – not to other things or people who cannot give us the help we really need.
- Stand on the fact that Jesus never changes! The same Jesus that helped Peter, will certainly help us.
So, maybe this is a season in your life that you feel like you are just barely keeping your nose above water… Strap on some spiritual stilts! Stand tall on the Word of God! Know that the Lord will walk you safely to the shore! #help for all of life’s struggles