Are you starting your new year with “Walk on Water” faith in Jesus? This is a great time to think about your hopes and dreams and goals for 2022. It may help you to look over your accomplishments in the past year. Did you set goals then? Which ones were you able to achieve? If they changed, did any of them change for the better? I invite you to use this time to write lists to guide you for the coming year in which God will bless you.
When Jesus walked on water it was windy and dark. (You can read about it in the book of Matthew, the first book in the New Testament, chapter 14, verses 22-33.) Jesus’ apostles were afraid in their boat, and they weren’t sure Jesus was out there on that water. Sometimes our days are windy and dark. But, Jesus is and was out there, as our light and as our guide.
Jesus called to Peter, “Come!” Peter offered to do that if it really was Jesus. That kind of faith… “Walk on Water” faith, requires our whole being stepping out into the unknown, as long as it leads to Jesus. We can’t just step out by only thinking about it, or longing for it. We have to do it! And, as long as Peter was not afraid, he was walking on water!
Now, as a certified swim instructor, I am certainly not suggesting we try to walk on water. This is a Bible lesson special to Peter and Jesus in that way. But we can still learn big lessons from this amazing miracle.
Jesus wasn’t going to let Peter sink when Peter got afraid. And Jesus will help us when we get afraid. He reached his hand to Peter and he will reach his hand to us. But he said to Peter, why did you doubt? Jesus does not want us to doubt or be afraid in following Him. He wants us to fully believe, with our whole mind, body, and soul.
So, as you begin this new year, embrace this into your hopes and dreams and goals. Find and memorize Scripture verses to help you, and memorize and sing praise songs to guide you through your days as you work on your goals. Find good Christian mentors who can help you, too.
Keep a journal where you can write every day how Jesus is helping you with your accomplishments. Stay in prayer and be ready to confess to Him any of your fears and worries. He will cleanse you and help you. He will strengthen you. I hope you have a great year of “Walk on Water” faith with Jesus as your rescuer-Savior, loving Shepherd, Messiah-King, and Almighty God. May God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit bless you!
Many blessings in your writing!
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