[water walker by ted dekker]

[water walker by ted dekker]

“Jika, jika, jawa! Now you’re talking, dead man walking.”

I wasn’t planning on reading Water Walker by Ted Dekker. I had a bunch of books on the “to-read” list and although I got the first episode for free back in spring, it was on hold. There were three more episodes to get the full story and I didn’t feel like spending more money on books. Then on Noisetrade.com I saw the second episode for free as well. Hmm… And here’s when getting your friend hooked on the same author’s writings becomes useful 😀 Thanks to my friend Jess (and Kindle’s lending program), I got access to two more episodes of the book.

What the Outlaw (aka Stephen, the good guy in the Outlaw series) said about repentance and forgiveness made perfect sense (even if actually applying it in real life is not that easy).

Repentance, as explained by Stephen:

It doesn’t mean to change what you do. It means to go beyond your thinking. To change your mind. To let go of what you think is true for a greater knowing… Only those who go beyond what their mind tells them can walk on the troubled waters of life.

Dekker used a story of Peter walking on water with Jesus to illustrate the point here. Whenever I read the Bible story back when I was a kid, I sided with Jesus and His sigh of “Oh ye, of little faith.” However, I kept forgetting that Peter did not know the full story like we are privileged to know it right now (and even now we doubt!)

Aside from repentance, forgiveness is also a major theme in the book.

What would it be like to not take any offense at what was done to me, ever? I would never be upset. Ever. What kind of power would such a person have? They couldn’t be hurt! They would be invulnerable, like their master. 

I know such profound change may sound far too simple, but when you let go of everything, it really is simple because there’s nothing left to figure out, and nothing to change because letting go of this world completely is the only change you need. Letting go of even the need to understand and trusting your Father. 

That last thing is especially hard for me. Letting go of the need to understand. At times, I succeed… only to fail a little further down the path. But like someone once said, success lies in getting up more times than you fall down.

What do you think of the Outlaw’s description of repentance and forgiveness?

  • Totally agree. Repentance is far more than “I’m sorry” and forgiveness is far more than “That’s okay.” It has got to come from the heart and involve a life change.

    • It does require a life change, but I liked the way it was explained – if you don’t consider something an offense, then it makes you pretty much invincible. (Until a certain degree of course… This would not work with abuse or something.)

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