I recently finished reading Ted Dekker’s new book, Water Walker. Here is my perspective on his main point:
At one point in the story….the protagonist is in a dream; or is it a dream? She’s in a boat in the middle of a body of water. It isn’t a very large boat, more like a row boat. At any rate it isn’t a boat that can withstand the raging storm that is blowing with such a mighty force.
She clings to the boat in terror as the waves tower higher and higher above her head, tossing them side to side.
It takes her a moment to realize the impossibility of what she witnesses as she cries out to a figure in the distance. The strange man is walking towards her as if she was his destination
“Help! Please help me!” she pleads.
The man is walking on water. He beckons to her to come to him.
“But don’t you see, the storm?” she asks.
“There is no storm” He states simply.
“Of course it’s there! Can’t you hear the wind howling and the waves crashing around me? Can’t you feel the rain chill your skin?”
“The waves tumble and toss because you are offended by the water,” he replies gently.
“Let go of your offense, step out of the boat and you’ll see that the storm is in your mind. There is nothing to be aggrieved by”
“This man is a lunatic,” she tells herself gritting her teeth from the cold.
“The storm is not there. The storm is in your mind. Repent, change your thinking. Forgive the water, step out in faith. What is your defense? That boat? It will sink before long.”
You must step out of the boat soon.
Unable to fight the fear, she closes her eyes as she hurls her body over the side. She feels a warmth as she flies through the air and lands on…not in the water.
The warmth was the sun that was revealed as she let go of her offense, her fear of the water that surrounded her on all sides.
She opens her eyes and watches the reflection of the sun sparkle on the water. She looks up at the man, feeling a little foolish.
She looks at him with a crooked smile that doesn’t reach her eyes.
Grabbing her hands, he swings her around, producing a chorus of laughter from the both of them.
Dancing on the water that crippled her only moments before.
So this I must ask you now. What are you holding onto in defense from the thing that offends you?
Whether it is fear or anger
Are you clinging to a boat in a storm that will only sink and drown you the same as the offense will? Or will you step out in faith, recognize that your defense is just as dangerous as the offense and forgive the water that rages in a storm created in your mind.
Because you can be a water walker….you can cross boundaries and build bridges.
You can step out in faith and change your thinking; change your mind.
Let go of your offense
And walk on the water