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.
God says do not harden your hearts – I have been meditating about this for a little while now in the hope of being able to understand in a practical way what this might look like and how it impacts our lives when it happens. I began for some reason to think about muscles and how they work and are renewed. As I sat there I tensed the main muscle on my leg and kept it tense for a short while. As I did this I noticed that even though this was a voluntary movement it nevertheless rendered my muscle useless as in this state of tension nothing could enter nor exit from it. I also noticed that unless I relaxed it the muscle would cramp up and remain hard and in pain until treated.
"Man one thing is for sure and that is that this Christian walk is so hard," said a man on a plane I had the opportunity of speaking with in a recent trip. Unfortunately the reality is that for many of us our encounter with Jesus is nothing more than a mental illusion instead of the spiritual experience it was always meant to be. Even though we make a decision to follow him, and try really hard to do it, we do so from our minds and not our hearts. This is why so often Christianity is so hard and so many of us give up on it and God, as we believe that if practicing it is that hard then God must be equally hard to relate with.
I had the opportunity last week to speak to thousands of people in China where I spent twelve days sharing the message Dad has given to me. As I spoke to many people before and after each engagement I could not help but to sense that the majority struggled along in their spiritual journey. Please understand that what I am referring to here by "struggled" is not circumstantial as much as it is experimental. In other words it was not the hassles they experienced but the impact they had on them and how they felt. I sensed that somehow with each obstacle there was a lot more that was challenged in them and it had to do with their identity.