This was the last thing I read before going to sleep.
“May he grant you your heart’s desire and bring all your plans to success.” Psalms 20:5 CJB
It was the first thing I read when I woke up.
I’m in the middle of four major Heart’s Desire projects. Each require my resources – time, money, wisdom. Each require I take a risk and step out of the boat and walk on water. And although that sounds fun and super spiritual, it’s just down right scary. What if I drown? What if I’m like the character in Alsop’s tale? He saw his reflection, went for more and ended up with nothing. When I was in the comfortable boat, I longed to walk on the water, now I want to return to the safety of the boat.
Yesterday, I told God, I wasn’t going to do one of the projects. I actually said to God, “I know you called me to do this, but I’m tired and done. I’m not doing this.” In classic God fashion, He did not respond because I asked the wrong question. But when I asked the right question, “How do I navigate through all of this without worry, without fear, without sleepless nights? How do I walk on water?” He was quite chatty.
1. It’s not about me. It’s not about my resources, my talents, my abilities. It’s about Jesus’ unlimited resources of which he has granted me unlimited access to. Trust not in myself, trust in the One who called me out unto the water.
2. It’s not about the storm. Storms will rage, bad news will come, but walking on water is a supernatural miracle that doesn’t change regardless of the weather. Jesus is Jesus in and out of the storm. He takes my hand and together we walk on water. I am never alone. Jesus did not take me out to the deep end and say, “walk or sink.” No, He is right there on the water with me. When the storm rises, He is still right there.
3. It’s not about the buoyancy of the water. Right now I feel as if these four projects are consuming my life. They are all I think about. Meditating on anything other than the Word of God can lead to worry, anxiety, fear. I need to take my eyes off the water and put my eyes on the promise, on his word.
4. It’s not about my success. 2000 years after Peter dared to walk on water, his story still inspires us today even though he floundered. My stroll on the water serves two purposes. Hopefully it has inspired you to get out of the boat and take a risk. Secondly, the fruit of my stroll – the book, the conference – will encourage and emboldened the body of Christ. They will lead others to a great revelation of God’s love. The other two projects will fund the gospel.
I ask two favors of you. 1. Pray for me. 2. Be inspired to get out of your boat. The water can sustain all of us.