The entire trip in Israel was an extreme spiritual high. It wasn’t even a faith-based trip, I was there on a diplomacy trip, but I felt ridiculous amounts of supernatural power everywhere. From the prayer wall to putting my hand in the hole from Jesus’s cross, to rubbing my hands on the tomb’s stone slab he was laid on in Jerusalem, to the cheerful hope of the Israelis who live in a constant state of fear; I was overcome with visions from heaven, uncontrollable tears and a weightless sensation in my body.
I thought I had maxed out my spiritual highs in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, but we still had the Sea of Galilee left on the last day. Not only did we go to Galilee, the city where Jesus did his ministry and performed miracles, but we got to take a boat ride on the very waters that Jesus walked on!
As soon as we boarded the boat, the captain hoisted the American flag alongside the Israeli flag while playing our National Anthem over the speakers. It was really moving to see my country and the democracy in which we were founded supporting the democracy in the Holy Land. I felt an alliance in my heart sealing as the music played and I watched the flags intertwine in the wind.
Then, we started sailing and I couldn’t resist going to sit on the edge at the front of the boat, dangling my legs over the water. I wanted to be as close to the Spirit hovering over the water and feel His presence in the wind against my face as much as possible.
“And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
I closed my eyes and just started thanking God for everything. All I said, was “thank you God, thank you God, thank you God.” I felt so much freedom and joy. My soul was at complete rest and ease. Then, the praise and worship song, “this little light of mine” started playing over the boat speakers. My heart lept with a childlike excitement. I grew up singing that song in children’s choir, so hearing it on this holy water activated a purity of heart within me.
Bliss filled my physical body, mind and heart. With my eyes closed, feeling the sea breeze on my face, I asked God to show me what He wanted me to see:
I was walking on water. When I looked behind me, there were women following my lead. It scared me to see that others were trusting me, and suddenly I began to sink. I realized that the moment I began to fear and doubt myself, my alignment with God and my ability to be a miracle was severed.
So I fixed my eyes back on Jesus who was calmly standing on shore gently encouraging me to rise back up. He told me, “You are worthy of being followed. Not because of anything you have done and accomplished, but because I live in you.” When I realized that people weren’t following me, but Jesus in me, the pressure was lifted and I began to feel a fire grow within my spirit. I started to rise up again on the top of the water and when I turned around, the crowd following me started increasing by the hundreds and I no longer felt afraid. Instead I felt empowered and strengthened by the force of God blazing in my heart.
He said, “You can do anything when you have faith, when you believe in the divine being you are through abiding in me.” I opened my eyes and saw two younger girls sitting on the boat together. God whispered, “Go pray for them now.” He wanted me to practice taking a leap of faith NOW. Now, on the Sea of Galilee, where Peter’s faith in Jesus caused him to walk upon the waters.
I got up and went over to the two girls, and asked if I could pray for them and laid my hands on their backs. As I started to pray, I felt my conscious mind completely open up and visions and words just started flowing through my mouth. God was leading my prayer for them, He knew exactly what they needed. My left hand started shaking violently and my right one would jolt every other moment. Two things were happening through the one vessel of me for two separate girls and the electricity of the Holy Spirit was emitting a different frequency through each of my hands into each of their backs. My whole body was tingling with sparkling warmth and frequency.
We pulled up to shore as I finished praying and I couldn’t stand up for almost 5 minutes because my body was so overcome by the powerful of God. The praise and worship music was still playing and finally I got up and instantly felt a surge to dance. I just started dancing around like no one else was watching. And when I finally looked up at the sky over the water, what I saw sent me into a surge of body-wracking tears. It wasn’t a human cry like I had ever felt. There were so many emotions mixed with magic, bliss, miracles and gratitude that I felt a complete blend with heaven and my physical body. Ridiculously glorious rays penetrated the clouds. It was as if God sealed my vision, His love and my revelation of faith by showing up so powerfully that no one could deny His Presence.
As I finally walked off the boat, one of the girls I prayed for came up to me, threw her arms around me crying and told me that she had been seeking God, had felt lost, and that everything in my prayer was exactly what she needed to hear. The other girl told me later that she could feel a presence stirring within her and she wanted to be the girl she was designed to be by the Creator.
Since this wasn’t a faith-based trip, I was a little timid to pray over them. I wasn’t even sure what their walk with God looked like, but I decided to rise up in faith, obey the whisper in my ear, and God showed up for all of us on the Sea of Galilee.
God is real and He isn’t some aloof god who lives up in a cloud palace. He is here, he is everywhere and He is in You. You can be as close to God as you want to be. He is always waiting. When you believe in miracles, you will become a walking miracle.
How will you change your life and someone else’s by taking a leap of faith today? Remember, God will never lead you to do something if He isn’t planning on following through.