#945 - "Walkin' On The Water" by Caitie Hurst
Caitie Hurst gets raw about having faith in hard times in her latest song.

Posted: October 30, 2018 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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The newest Centricity Music artist Caitie Hurst has burst onto the CCM scene with her standout debut hit single, "How Could I Be Silent." She has followed that up with her debut EP release How Could I Be Silent, which also features the songs, "Walkin' on the Water" and "Nothing to Hide." With comparisons to contemporaries ranging from Taylor Swift to Britt Nicole, Hurst’s music exhibits the passion and confidence of a seasoned artist. Hurst’s songwriting is real, positive and vulnerable. And, her upbeat songs are a great way to celebrate our freedom in Christ.

I’ve been married for 24 years and we have three young daughters, and her entire album really ministers to me and my family. Her songs are very upbeat and catchy and Caitie is a great role model for girls. Caitie's songs have connected with my daughters and her biblically inspired lyrics represent how true happiness and her identity comes from her relationship with God. I had the chance to speak with Caitie about her upbeat song "Walkin' on the Water."

Please tell me the personal story behind the song.

This song connects to a theme that you hear in several songs on this EP, which is to have faith even when that isn’t the easy thing to do. The song is based on the Bible passage when Jesus walked on the water and then Peter walked on the water to go to Jesus and started to sink when he was afraid. We were talking about that Scripture and we started with that story and thought about what that looks like practically in our lives right now. 

The verses include questions, "what is darkness, what is light, what is faith without the fight?" Those are questions we ask in our minds, and we thought about how sometimes it is easy to tell people to have faith and keep their eyes on Jesus, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. We tried to tackle the idea that no matter what situation you are facing in life, this song has a message to remind you to keep your eyes on Jesus and have that be what carries you through the situation rather than hoping in ourselves and our own strength.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Matthew 14:29-31 (NKJV): "So He said, 'Come.' And, when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But, when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, 'Lord, save me!' And, immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, 'O you of little faith, why did you doubt?'" 

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV): "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight."

Psalm 55:22 (NIV): "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken."

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV): "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart."

Romans 8:28 (VOICE): "We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan."

Philippians 1:6 (NIV): "Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV): "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

1 John 4:18 (NKJV): "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But, he who fears has not been made perfect in love."

What is the takeaway message?

We used the story of Peter and were talking through why Peter began to sink after he walked on water. He saw the wind and the waves and he was afraid. We wanted this song to be an encouragement in those situations where you are caught in a storm and can’t see past the waves in your life. We address that topic in the lyrics, "When I'm caught in the hurricane/If I can't see above the waves/There's a peace that I can't explain/You pull me higher." That is a reminder that we can't do anything in our own strength, but the Lord pulls us out of those storms. 

If we keep our eyes on Him, He is the One who fights for us and gives us the strength to walk through what we are facing. A lot of my songs are based on the question of what does it look like to trust God when it doesn’t look like there's any hope. When it doesn’t seem like there’s an easy out or a quick fix and people tell you to have faith. I think about how to live that out on a daily basis. 

I want this song to speak to whatever situation you are walking through. You can search for worldly peace all that you want, but there’s no peace like Jesus gives you. You need to let go of your desire for control and fix your eyes on Jesus daily and to trust Him in everything. It's easy to get overwhelmed and my prayer is for people to trust Jesus every hour of every day. Let the Word of God carry you through every situation. For me, I’m reminded to surrender control and have more faith in Jesus and for Him to help my unbelief. I pray that this song encourages you in that way.

What is darkness, what is light
What is faith without the fight
Am I always gonna wonder why?
What is joy, what is pain
All these things I can't explain
'Til I'm looking from the other side

When I'm caught in the hurricane
And I can't see above the waves
There's a peace that I can't explain
You pull me higher
You pull me higher

I'm walkin' on the water
You carry me through
When I'm looking at You
I'm walkin' on the water
You've given me what it takes
And I'm never gonna look away

You keep me walkin'
You keep me walkin'
You keep me walkin'

What is war, what is peace
What's the battle within me
The pain is more than I can take
But You are strong when I am weak
So open up my eyes to see
That all I really need is faith

When I'm caught in the undertow
And I feel like letting go
I remember You're in control
You pull me higher
You pull me higher

I'm walkin' on the water
You carry me through
When I'm looking at You
I'm walkin' on the water
You've given me what it takes
And I'm never gonna look away

You keep me walkin'
You keep me walkin'
You keep me walkin'

When I'm caught in the hurricane
If I can't see above the waves
There's a peace that I can't explain

I'm walkin' on the water
You carry me through
When I'm looking at You
I'm walkin' on the water
You've given me what it takes
And I'm never gonna look away

You keep me walkin'
You keep me walkin'
You keep me walkin'

Closing Thoughts

I can perfectly relate to every word Caitie enthusiastically sings in this song. The tendency as a believer is to focus on the blessings we've received from God and this song is a gut check of my faithfulness. If all of those things were removed from me, would I still understand that I'm blessed and cling to God for my security and hope? Are we spending too much time thinking about our circumstances and what we can do to improve them, or are we connecting with God's heart for us? He tells us, "Do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself, living faithfully is a large enough task for today" (Matt. 6:34, The Voice).

The enemy uses fear, anxiety and worry to prevent us from sharing our faith, from fixing our eyes on Jesus and from the greater things that God has in store for us as His followers. This song is all about having a strong faith. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Sometimes we have a tendency to think we can try to know everything. God tells us in the Bible that with faith, we can do anything in Christ. I'm completely convicted by the strong lyrics and find immense comfort in this song. We can't know everything, and we are not in control, but trusting God gives us assurance that we don't have to be afraid. God will be there to pick us up when we fall. The challenge for me when I listen to this song is to pick an area of my life that I've been trying to control and instead step out and put all of my hope and trust in God.

Ask God to open your eyes today. Ask Him to reveal His footsteps so you can follow them. Jesus commands us to trust God's Word completely, no matter our circumstances or personal distractions or concerns. God doesn't promise to spare us from pain, but we need to trust Him. You have to trust Him and wait on Him, wait for Him to orchestrate the plans for your life. We have nothing to bring to God, and maybe we expect something in return instead of recognizing that nothing compares to the greatness of knowing Jesus. Faith is when we are empty of ourselves and filled with Him and His Holy Spirit. I can't get enough of the worshipful chorus, "I'm walkin' on the water/You carry me through/When I'm looking at You/I'm walkin' on the water/You've given me what it takes/And I'm never gonna look away." Amen to that.

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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