Five Minute Ministry: Creating Space and Opportunity for Success
The Clarissa Joan Experience
August 9, 2017
How To Walk On Water
“He who fails to plan, plans to fail!” Have you ever heard of this saying? Or how about, “you should wait until you have all your ducks in a row.”
Maybe you’ve heard, “you need to dot your I’s before you cross yours T’s.” Or the infamous, “you are not ready. You don’t have this or that or that or this? You don’t have what it takes.”
These sayings are normally heard from well-meaning people at times in our life when what we really need the most is encouragement. Most times, these sayings come from very intimate places like the thoughts in our own heads, pillow talk with our spouses, phone conversations with our most trusted advisors, like parents or best friends, or even teachers, bosses, doctors, and therapists.
If you are a believer and a dreamer, like me, with a big vision for your life, you have most certainly heard the moans and grumblings of doubt and fearful well-wishers.
Sometimes this type of discouragement shows up in tangible manifestations in our lives like, an empty bank account, an unfavorable x-ray, a rejection letter, divorce papers, foreclosure, a car accident, the unemployment line, the waiting room at the welfare office, a job that makes you miserable, a death in the family, or all of the above. God forbid!
This is unstable ground that comes to shake up our faith in our destiny. It makes us feel afraid, uncomfortable and insecure about life.
When we hear these sentiments or experience these types of grievances and unfavorable conditions, moving past them to our victory can seem like walking on water. I’m talking about moments in time where you feel defeated for whatever reason, and that cheesy 80’s song whose name I forget starts to play in your mind,
“There’s no where to run to baby. There’s no where to hide.”
These are places in time where you feel pigeon held, out of options, and winning seems impossible!
But what if I told you, there was another way? What if I told you that some seasons in our lives, especially seasons of destiny, require us to have no plan and to let go of our preconceived notions or ideas about how our lives are supposed to go.
What if I told you about a power or force that can override all of our mistakes, all of our insecurities, all of our fears, doubts, lack of planning, lack of resources, and lead us right to the future of our hearts most desire?
What if I told you that this force and power, sometimes relied on us not having it all together, throwing all caution to the wind, and moving forward in a way that makes us look like crazy people?!
What if I told you that to get to our destiny, our dreams, our healing, our places of refuge from dangers seen and unseen, to the love of our lives, to the job we’ve prayed for, to kids the doctor told us we cannot have, to the house that the bank said we could not afford, to the top of whatever mountain we stand in the valley looking up at with fear and trepidation, we must have faith so crazy that we believe that we can walk on water.
What if I told you to walk on water, and that all you needed to do so was faith?
Yes, Faith! It may sound cliché, but this is a message demonstrating how faith works.
Faith is how we overcome every naysayer and condition of adversity to live the life of dominion and wellbeing the creator of all things predestined for us to live.
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”Hebrews 11: 1
In our valley of dry bones, we will feel defeated and hopeless and be surrounded by folks with dead dreams. But this cannot and must not be our story.
Our story, as believers, is that we walk on water.
First to walk on water, we must have a dream. This is non-negotiable. There must be a vision of wellbeing that we carry in our hearts and minds for our life.
The bible says, “without a vision the people perish.”Proverbs 29:18
A vision and/or a dream for our life is not to be confused with a plan. Dreams and visions are desires not plans. They are the issues of life that flow from our hearts when we are not distracted or overwhelmed by worry, doubt, fear, guilt, shame, insecurity, or lack of self-control. Fear, doubt, etc. these dispositions live in the graveyard of dreams. This is not where we want to be. This is not to say that these feelings are unwarranted.
They are very real and relative reactions to many situations in life. However, we must not let these feelings dictate our actions. Even if we are afraid or worried about a dream, we must still hold onto it, protect it, and move towards. In order to walk on water, we must make our decisions according to our dreams and not according to our fear or insecurities.
Second, we must understand that this is a figurative way of speech. Walking on water means we have left the earth’s solid ground and are moving forward across a sea of uncertainty. It is a biblical reference to Matthew 14: 22 – 33, where Peter, a disciple of Jesus, steps out of the boat he and the other disciples believed would carry them to their destination on the other side of the Sea of Galilee.
You may or may not be familiar with this story, but the premise is that when Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was able to walk on water. However, when Peter looked away from Jesus at the tumultuous sea of waves crashing underneath his feet he began to sink.
“So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong[c] wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
Matthew 14: 29 – 31
Is this you? Are you 1.) in the boat still trying to do things your way? Are you 2.) Out of the boat, pumped up on your dreams, but no faith to walk on water towards your dream? Or Are you 3.) Fighting for your faith in Jesus everyday so that your dreams may come to pass and that you may experience what it feels like to walk on water?
I am proud to say that these days, I am walking on water to my destiny. I am not bragging, because I have not always been this way. However, I know what it is like to sink, and I know what it is like to feel water beneath my feet and float to my dreams.
I walk on water by making decisions based on my faith in Jesus. I walk on water with fears, insecurities, and worry too. However, I don’t make decisions based on these ungodly dispositions.
I walk on water not with “timidity, but with power, love, and a sound mind”according to my faith. 2 Timothy 1:7
And the good news is this, no matter who you are being right now, stubborn or doubtful, you too can shift your life, so that it reflects your faith and not your fears.
This is what walking on water looks like…
It was just a year ago, today, when I moved to Southern California with my husband and our two children to pursue our dreams. Neither one of us had a job, we had no place to stay permanently, all of our primary family members lived 3000 miles away, we had no money saved for childcare or emergencies or anything. We sold everything that we had, and with faith we walked on water to our destiny.
Who moves with two children across country, without an extended family, a home, a job, or savings?
This is what the naysayers asked us. They wanted to know how we planned to walk on water. They wanted us to make decisions for ourselves and our children based on our doubts and not our faith.
Our faith in God positioned us to sublease two bedrooms and a bathroom from a good friend of ours who bought a 3-bedroom; 2-bath condo two months before our move.
Faith would have it that two weeks after being in California, USC Campus Housing would call to tell us we went from being 24 on the waiting list for family housing to next in line. We moved into our own 2-bedroom; 2-bath apartment on Sept. 1.
Our faith in God led Theo to network his way to a position from a contact he had in Philadelphia who never met him, but called the LA offices of his current company to rave about his resume.
I could go on and on about how “the promises of God are yes and Amen.”
There’s so much to share about Jehovah Jireh, God our provider.
Do you know how many names God has? How you can call on him specifically in ways that are customizable to your circumstance?
Like Jehovah Rapha, God our healer.Are you sick? Say that!
Or Jehovah Shalom, God our peace.Are you in a state of chaos and confusion?
Make a joyful noise unto the lord! Call him by his name, he will sustain your peace.
Another name for Jesus is, the rock! He is the cornerstone of our faith and the rock of our salvation. He is El Shaddai, the sustainer of all things.
So the next time, you confront a strong wind that tosses your boat, and you find yourself hopeless and without options… When you come to a crossroads, where your only option is to walk on water…
Go to the rock of your salvation, Go to Jesus, and have faith that he will see you through.