WALK on water
Do you know the story of Jesus walking on water?
The disciples are sailing on one of those ”dark and stormy nights.” Jesus walks towards them on the water. They’re scared out of their minds and think he’s a ghost. But he’s not! Peter asks Jesus to call him out on the water. Jesus calls. Peter walks — perfectly safe! Until Peter lets fear rule him. He starts to sink, but Jesus catches him.
I have an example from my life where I’ve walked on water.
For 5 years of my life I was drowning. I got lost somewhere along the way and ended up daily drinking and smoking with very little hope in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I was sometimes happy, but I was not fulfilled and certainly not walking on water.
On February 6, 2006, I quit smoking 2 packs of cigarettes per day and drinking up to a fifth of vodka a night. I quit it all that day — cold.
Then I went to Alcoholics Anonymous, where I was told that I had entered a lifelong struggle with a disease I would always have.
Yet I’ve never served a day of this life sentence. Because I said in that moment: “This is absolute foolishness. Like any disease, it’s not real.”
I’ve been without drinking and smoking for over 6 years now. There’s no struggle. And people who are constantly fighting the urge to drink and smoke are coming to me saying, “How can I get that?” I say, “You already have it. You just have to tune into it.”
So, truly, I know God’s strength in the midst of a storm. I know he won’t let me drown.
So now . . . can we help each other challenge our deep, deep fears? Can we walk on water together?
Ian Anand Forber-Pratt, June 2012
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