Walk on Water or Struggle to Swim

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We all know people whose fire for The Lord doesn’t burn as hot as it once did. The bright light that was such an inspiration, such a beacon for Christ, struggles to even be visible. Maybe you are that person. You remember the joy of walking so closely to your Savior and now find the world smothering your passion.

                As I sat in a bible study the Lord laid an image on my heart that was so clear it filled my mind and sparked my imagination. Living a worldly life is comparable to drowning. When we try to find our peace, joy, or purpose in earthly things we end up empty and alone. The lack of fulfillment causes us to struggle harder and to seek greater extremes to find the joy we remember. We can recall what we found in Christ but struggle to find the foothold we want to stop struggling against drowning in our sinfulness, pride, self-focus, and earthly desire. I imagine the panic and hopelessness of drowning and the inability to overcome the desperation, unable to remember what solid ground felt like. It’s kicking and fighting to stay afloat as hope sinks below the surface. We look up from under the water trying to remember what fresh air in our lungs felt like. It was this kind of feeling that caused the image the Spirit gave me to flourish in my struggling heart.

                We struggle but our Savior walks on water and commands the seas to be calm. When Peter focused on Jesus he was able to walk on water too. It’s in a Christ focused existence that we can walk on top of the turbulent seas of worldliness, and that Christ can command those waves to be calm or show us how to let the water roll off our back as He leads us by example. When we take the right hand of God and allow Him to lead again, the water we once allowed to cover us becomes a mist, noticeable but harmless.

                We are called to seek first the kingdom of God, focused on Christ, walking on the water with Him. We can be sure that even when we fall away and lose our focus on Him, His focus never leaves us. His hand is always outstretched and waiting for us to take it again. The world and all of the temporary things in it will quit on us and leave us alone and empty. We have a promise that our eternal God will never leave nor forsake us. Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5 quoting Deuteronomy 31:6)

I found the picture above, it’s the closest one to the personal picture the Spirit gave me. I hope it helps make these words more real and reignites the hope in your heart that will fuel your fire.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)

2 thoughts on “Walk on Water or Struggle to Swim

  1. So glad to see your doing your blog again. So meaningful and from your heart. The picture you selected was perfect. I’m so proud of the Godly man you are. Love you, Mother

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  2. Wonderful! Amen! Amen, when we look to Christ and focus on Him there is no danger or fear, but we triumph by His mighty enterprise. Amen, when we look away from Him, He still looks to us and saves us. “If we disown Him, He also will disown us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”

    Amen. Focusing on Christ is the answer to everything. Like this song: “Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart, Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art. Thou my best thought by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my Light. Be Thou my Wisdom, Thou my true Word. I ever with Thee, Thou with me Lord. I my great Father and I Thy true son; Thou with me dwelling, and I with Thee one.” (and more verses), or St. Patrick’s Breastplate. “Christ be before me, Christ be behind me.”

    I also liked the thought about the water becoming a mist, noticeable but harmless.

    True thoughts, praise be to the Lord!

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