Walking on Water by Pablo Giacopelli
By Pablo Giacopelli
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By Pablo Giacopelli
I have visited the Sea of Galilee dozens of times. Each time I have had someone with me almost always the words "I must have a really long way to go yet as unlike Peter I have never walked on water" are uttered.
Over time as I heard these words over and over something began to be stirred within me. It was the kind of stirring I get every time I sense that something is not quite right with the assessment we are making from something that happened within scripture. Each time this stirring begins I ask Dad for clarity knowing that our current understanding of what God is trying to share with us is somehow falling short of what he intended for us to see.
You see, like you, I too have not been able to walk on a body of water though Dad knows I have tried so many times. Yet as I began to meditate on this amazing occurrence this last time while inside a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee, Dad spoke to me and said, "Pablo you have walked on water dozens of times"
This as you can imagine left me puzzled until understanding suddenly surfaced from my heart. There I was looking at the same body of water Yeshua walked on 2000 years ago when without notice I began to see that walking on water with Yeshua has nothing to do with a liquid we all know as water.
Yeshua will Pull You Up
Take for example the moment you receive news that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and that for the next six months they will be in a battle for their lives. Each day you travel through this period of time you will feel like you will be walking on water knowing that any moment the news that your loved one is not going to make it can come. Each day you will realize that the whole thing is beyond you and that only Dad has the power to remedy the situation as for you it is quite impossible. Inevitably you will of course have bad days where you will feel like you are drowning yet like with Peter, Yeshua will pull you up.
The reality is that it is not just a battle with cancer that will place you in the water of life. Things like receiving a bill that you are unable to pay. Or perhaps losing your job while having the responsibility to feed a whole family. Or being inside a plane that has just encountered a problem and it needs to go back and perform an emergency landing full of fuel as it just took off. In each one of these situations from the moment they appear you step on the water and walk on it until the deliverance comes. Clearly you can try and stay in the boat and make it work for yourself, yet if you listen you will hear and see Yeshua inviting you to experience him in your life and circumstances much the same way like Peter did as he walked on the waters of the Galilee.
As we move forward let us remember that Peter was a man just like you and I. Walking on water didn't make him better than us. It just made him realize, like the circumstances in our lives often do for us, that what matters is not the surface we are walking on but instead that we can somehow trust the one that has always had his hand extended out to us to keep us afloat and get us through.
So often in life we strive and are so consumed with figuring God out that our urgency and anxiety actually causes us to miss him. For example over the years I have spent many quiet times in the mornings doing anything and everything but being quiet. During these times my prayers have been noble and centered on the usual requests for things and ways in which I wanted God to show up and show me, yet all I heard was silence. For some years now I have chosen to spend more of my time silent. You see, remaining quiet has helped me to center myself and be present and most importantly aware of what he wants to do with and in me on any given moment. It has helped me to relax my perspective and shift my attention to begin to understand which is the language that God uses most of the time he speaks to us.
The Israelites left Egypt where they were slaves for several hundred years. As they came out to the desert God waited for them longing to woo them much the same way that a man woos a woman during courtship. Things unfortunately started to go South very quickly when the Israelites did what most of us normally do which is to put the face of Pharaoh (who/what we live to please) over the face of God. This action implants in us an erroneous view of God which means that we try to relate with him much the same way we did/do with the one who has wounded us the most. In their case, Pharaoh, with whom they knew no relationship was possible apart from one that revolved around hard labor. He gave them their marching orders and they performed them. As long as they did this all was well and they were allowed to survive.
Not long ago I sat listening to someone speak about their relationship with God and the way He involved himself in this persons life. As I sat there I saw the face of yet another individual light up when he began to explain to me how God paid him from time to time, in an amazing way, a visit in his life. Inevitably every time I hear something like this I am led to ask the person where was God all those other times when he was supposedly not visiting them in an amazing way? And believe me that while I understand what people mean I see this picture as being the same as someone saying that within their marriage the only time they are aware of their partner is when they are having sex with them.