“About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, but when they saw Him walking on the water, they cried in terror, thinking He was a ghost. They were all terrified when they saw Him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ He said, ‘Take courage! I am here!’ Then He climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.” — Mark 6:48-51
For the past several days I have been taking a hiatus from my writing to spend time with my wife on a fishing vacation. The waters which make up the Eufaula Wildlife Preserve are some of the most beautiful in the world…in my opinion. The 44,000 plus acres of Lake Eufaula are home to many types of wildlife. We saw alligators, blue herons, Canadian geese, several fish varieties, etc.
The thing that struck me the most was the sense of peace and quiet that I had been missing in the chaos we call modern life. At times the quiet was deafening. It was a time when God could be heard…and He was. God came, speaking to me in very clear ways.
The followers of Jesus were experiencing a trial in their lives. Jesus had sent them across the lake and they found themselves in a storm. The wind and waves they faced were unmanageable. They were struggling with their circumstances when Jesus came near. His presence at that moment added to their predicament. They were paralyzed by fear.
Jesus spoke to their deepest need. He always does. For those of us who know Christ, He never wastes words. When He comes to you in your trial, He will address the issues you are facing in the trial. Listen carefully!
Jesus climbed into the boat with them. His presence is what we need. His presence changes everything. When we invite Jesus to invade our circumstances, He takes over and we find that He is not only Lord of our heart but is Lord of our trial.
Jesus totally amazed them. Their heart had been too hard to take in who He really was. But before we become too critical of the disciples we must be honest about our own faith. How many times have we been “surprised” by God? How many times have we been blown away by what He has done in our lives? Remember, He amazes us because He is amazing, but also because our hearts are too small and too hard to take in who He really is.
Jesus still speaks on the water. Are we still enough to hear? Are you submissive enough to respond?