“Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. «It’s a ghost,» they said, and cried out in fear.” — Matthew 14:25-36
Sometimes I fall prey of what I call the “walking on water syndrome“.
It happens when I feel that I can walk above the mess of reality. That I have found the answers. That I am awakened.
When I convince myself that I can cross the lake without getting soaked.
I don’t know if it ever happened to you.
Maybe it’s just a feature of my ego.
Like if I’m talking with someone who has a different perspective on something important. And within that space, I convince myself that I have figured out everything; the situation and the other person. And when that happens, when I take myself out of the mess of reality because I believe I can walk on water, when I do that the connection is gone.
I can see it in their eyes. They look at me as if I’m a ghost.
“The thing to remember is that people act in ways that make sense to them. If something doesn’t make sense to you, then you’re missing something.” — Dave Gray
Thanks to my friend Luca for helping me discover this during one of our walks in the park. I was telling him how sometimes I forget that to deal with the messiness of life, we must be ready to get dirty. And he immediately pointed me to the image of Jesus walking on water.
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