The title intrigued me first – Walking on Water – in reference to Peter’s bold request to walk out on the stormy sea to meet Jesus in the darkness. The subtitle also caught my attention – experiencing a life of miracles, courageous faith, and union with God – because this is where I’m walking in my real life. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need a miracle or courageous faith or union with God. Certainly, I need all of the above.
Jennifer A. Miskov did not disappoint as she boldly and honestly shares her journey with Jesus into deeper water and stormy seas resulting in a more intimate trusting and productive walk of faith.
In addition to the power of scripture combined with Jennifer’s real-life testimony, she offers activation exercises at the end of each chapter. These life applications of scripture caused me to pause and ask Holy Spirit for deeper application of God’s word in my life.
I don’t want to give too much away, so I will simply highlight a couple of my big takeaways from Walking on Water.
The Art of Letting Go (pp. 51-61) – “Just because others are not stepping out of a boat you feel you are supposed to step out of does not mean that you cannot or should not.” Obviously, Peter was the only disciple to climb overboard to walk out toward Jesus, but I’m not sure I’ve ever thought through the practical truth of the scenario.
All the disciples were in the boat. They were all afraid. Peter was the only one who asked to walk out to Jesus and meet Him in the water. What Peter didn’t do is even more compelling – He didn’t turn around to recruit anyone else to go with him. He wasn’t clinging to anyone else or even the boat for security. Peter just went.
I tend to look around to see who will go with me. This is a tendency if which I want to be free. I believe Jesus calls me out alone and expects me to obey whether anyone else comes along or not.
Resilience (pp. 118-129) – “If you can learn to navigate through disappointment, get back up, learn from the experience and move forward, you will grow in faith and be better prepared to step into the impossible in the future.” In this chapter, Jennifer introduced the idea of ‘falling forward’. We will all fall down on our journey of following Jesus as His disciples. The critical point is that we fall toward Jesus as Peter did in the water. Yes, Peter looked down to the waves and doubted, but when Peter fell, he fell moving toward Jesus – not running away.
I recognize my tendency to run and hide when life, ministry, and in general, simply following Jesus gets really challenging. I have a fear of failure and so I tend to want to play it safe rather than risk falling at all. This picture of Peter falling toward Jesus out in the open water is one I will carry with me as I seek to venture into unchartered faith territory. Yes, Peter fell, but he fell doing the miraculous and Jesus was there to catch him. I think I want to try too.
There’s so much more wonderful, life-giving and challenging teaching packed into Walking on Water. Jennifer’s style is conversational and so it’s easy to read one chapter after another. However, the activation exercises at the end of each chapter are so thought-provoking and transformational I found myself spending a day or two on each chapter. In my experience, it was helpful to marinate in the activations over a day or two in order to fully experience truth.
My journey through Jennifer’s book has been interactive, encouraging and life-changing. I can’t wait to pass this book to a friend and have already recommended it to several others. Most likely, Walking on Water will be a Christmas present or birthday gift for family and friends in the near future.
I pray you will jump out of your boat and enjoy Walking on Water. Thank you, Jennifer A. Miskov, Ph.D. for blessing my life and enriching my journey with Jesus.
Eyes on Jesus… you’re Shining!