Well, tonight’s reality for me is that Mario is holding me accountable for my daily blogging challenge, so here I sit at 9:12pm on a Thursday night, contemplating REALITY. I was talking with a friend earlier about some issues that have come up in her family. During the conversation I said, “God is always preparing us for what’s coming, for more reality.” And why is reality important anyways? Google Dictionary has this definition listed: “the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.” So, the state of things as they actually exist. That’s so hard sometimes. The state of things just isn’t all that wonderful at times so it’s easy to “check out” (however we are used to checking out). The problem with not dealing with reality is that it always leads to a more unrealistic perspective of self, others and life in general. In essence, you deceive yourself into disconnecting and disconnection, is, in a word, dangerous.
I’m currently dealing with a huge dose of reality barreling down on me, and all I want to do is revert back to controlling my environment to the best of my ability, to pull out weapons and techniques that I’ve used for years, but there’s another part of me that knows I just can’t do this anymore. I have to deal with the real issues here. The reality of this thing. Why? Because I want a different outcome. I know what’s on the other side of my avoidance of reality, and it’s always bred negativity and death.
We think reality is cruel, but reality is a gift. It’s the gift of an environment where we actually grow and change more fully into the image of God. That’s the promise of reality from God. There’s an exchange for our disillusions and our deceptions – we get the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and it really does set us free.
So, tonight, the challenge is for us to take a deep breath and dive into the reality pool that may shock us at first, but we will learn how to stay above water and then as we go along in this new life Jesus will teach us how to walk on that water with Him. And even if we sink from time to time, He will be there to lift us up.
Jesus Walks on Water
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. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.
Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning[a] Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong 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?”
When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed. Matthew 14:22-33
With all my heart,