The past year has been a very challenging one for almost everyone. It was a season of never-before-seen happenings and brand-new challenges. Many of us found ourselves trapped in a change of mindset- pondering over negative thoughts and negative outcomes. Having a lot of time in my hand to simply sit and think about many things, I too, saw myself giving in to this habit of thinking negatively. It’s not like I was broken emotionally, but I saw myself drifting in my thought processes to unnecessarily worrying scenarios and thoughts.
Until one night as I was going to sleep, I started introspecting. I realized just how far I had drifted away from the person I used to be before the Pandemic. But in the midst of all this, there were moments where God would speak to me in different ways, and one day this scripture really spoke a whole new life into me.
Mathew 14:22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. 23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. 24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” 32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed
We see that Peter, upon being called, stepped onto the waters, but soon enough, he lost his focus on Jesus and so, he got overwhelmed by the surroundings. I want to let each and everyone reading this know that we ALL are called to walk upon waters. Yet, how many of us have shifted our focus in the past year? There are moments where we see things around us go for a toss, but the real problem begins when we react to it and lose our focus on Jesus. I encourage you all that in every season of your life, keep Jesus at the center. Every season may not be easy, but as long as you have Jesus as your focus point, you will walk upon stormy waves and high waters.
This blog written by our dear Melrick Stephen Pinto, is the second in a series of blogs written by the leaders of House of Healing Ministries. The series titled ‘Lessons in a Lockdown’ will carry the stories, thoughts, and experiences of our leaders in the past one and half years as they navigated the new normal with Jesus. Stay tuned for our next ‘Lesson in a Lockdown.’