Happy New Year!
2016 was really a rollercoaster ride for me. Full of exhilirating loops, breathtaking dives, and exciting rises. It was indeed a year of deepening my faith in God and holding on to him no matter what.
In today’s Tuesday Reflections, let me share with you how 2016 was a year of “walking-on-water” with Jesus for me. 2016 was definitely a faith-deepening year for me and it is my prayer that you will be somehow inspired to face your new year with my story.
“You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep my faith will stand”
2016 for me started on a very high note. I participated in our church’s annual fast and I was really expectant for God to answer my prayer requests. I was very excited to face the year and to allow the Holy Spirit to direct my path in reaching my faith goals. I was so daring. I had audacious faith.
I must say that I was like Peter when Jesus called him out in the Sea of Galilee to walk on water. Matthew 14:29 (AMP) says “He said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” Without looking elsewhere, my eyes were on Jesus only. I knew I can walk on water.
And I did. My faith was so strong that the first half of my 2016 was focused on achieving my faith goals. I prayed a lot. I read the Bible a lot. I was writing down my plans and taking small steps to achieving them.
“I will call upon Your Name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine”
But the oceans rose.
Matthew 14:30 (AMP) best described my situation,”30 But when he saw [the effects of] the wind, he was frightened, and he began to sink, and he cried out, “Lord, save me!”” Just like what happened to Peter, I got distracted by the waves. My eyes suddenly saw the circumstances me and my family were trapped in. I was caught off guard and somehow my faith quivered. I sank in the deep waters. I was gasping for air. I didn’t know what to do next. I don’t want to go into too much detail. But what happened was that, my plans needed to be set aside because there were more pressing needs and issues that our family had to face.
Our family was affected spiritually, physically, mentally and even financially. The hurt, pain, and troubles we experienced came in wave after wave after wave.
“Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now”
But Jesus was still there. Matthew 14: 31 (AMP) says, “Immediately Jesus extended His hand and caught him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Jesus did extended His hand out to me and my family. But I must say that the problems didn’t go away. We went through the rest of 2016 as if we were walking up a very difficult mountain trail. It was tiring yet God assured us of His presence. We felt hurt but God embraced us. We got lost but He led us. We felt vulnerable but He covered us.
I am still in awe of God’s grace on how were were able to go through the rest of 2016. More than achieving my faith goals that I’ve set for that year, God taught me more about faith itself. To still have faith even if things don’t go my way. And to still have faith even if my current circumstances scream impossible to survive.
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour”
God saw us through 2016. I thank God for this exercise of faith because I must say that I am now stronger. And as this new year unfolds, I am more than excited to see what He has in store for me and my family. Thank you, Jesus, for making all things possible. My heart is now overwhelmed with thanksgiving to God.