Are you Walking on the Water or Drowning in it?

There was one day last week in which I felt very anxious and overwhelmed; which is unusual for me. I’m usually at peace and a joyful person but for some reason, on that  day, this wasn’t the case. By the end of the day, I was trying to put my finger on what may have been the determining factor for my unrest. I really couldn’t come up with any particular cause until a couple of days later.

As I was journaling about that particular day and the feelings I had experienced, I ended up with a list of possible culprits. It was basically a list of problems. Then the Lord revealed to me the cause of my anxiety. It wasn’t one particular thing that was the cause of me feeling anxious and overwhelmed, It was a sea of them. I then saw the whole scenario play out in my mind.

I saw Peter walking on the rough water as Jesus invited him to do so. He was focused on Jesus. Then I saw Peter begin to sink and begin to drown in that very same water (Matthew 14:28-30). What had caused Peter to go from walking on the water and then, within minutes, drowning in that same exact water? What had changed? Had the water changed? Had Jesus changed? No! Peter had changed his focus. Instead of keeping his eyes on Jesus, the One who enabled him to walk on the rough water, he looked at the source of his anxiety; the rough water. Hebrews 12:2 Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

For me the rough water represents life’s problems and walking on the rough water represents victory over those problems. We can either walk on top of our problems in victory by keeping our focus on Jesus or we can drown in them by putting our focus on those problems, on ourselves and on our inability to remove or change those problems. And that’s exactly how I felt. I felt as though I was drowning in a sea of problems and impossibilities. Sure it’s impossible to walk on the water (walk in victory over our problems) on our own but nothing is impossible with God. Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Do you sometimes feel anxious and overwhelmed with life and it’s endless problems and annoyances? Do you feel as though you are drowning in a sea of overwhelming circumstances? Are you frustrated with your inability to change those circumstances? What are you focusing on? Who are you focusing on? Have you taken your eyes off of Jesus and put them on your problems or on yourself and your own inabilities? 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.

Jesus is inviting us to walk on the water with Him; to walk in victory with Him. Our circumstances may not change but neither does Jesus. Sometimes the only thing we can control is what or whom we choose to focus on. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus! Let’s walk on top of our problems and stop drowning in them. 1Corinthians 15: 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

~Patrice Maguire

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior pray this prayer: Dear God, I know I have sinned and I want to ask for Your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died for my sins. I now accept Your offer of eternal life. With the help of the Holy Spirit I will follow Jesus as my Savior and try to obey Him in all that I do. Thank you for my new life. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

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