Ever felt like you are enduring a storm all by yourself and that God had passed you by?
Honestly I think we have felt this way one time or another. Especially when we are in the middle of those storms and they seem to be taking over everything in our lives. Well, be encouraged because there is hope. So let's get straight to it!
Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and head across the lake to Bethsaida, while he sent the people home. After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning[i] 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 out 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![j]” 51 Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed,
Have you ever read a scripture and it just hits different from the other times you read it?! Ok I know I'm not the only one lol. Well in this passage, I never knew that Jesus intended to act like He was going to pass the disciples when they were in the storm. Some translations point this out and some don't which is why I probably didn't catch in my previous readings. In our own minds we probably think that He wasn't right for that and how could He leave them in a storm?! But, when we realize the nature of Jesus, we see that no matter what He doesn’t leave our side. We can see this evident in His word that He wouldn’t do that. (See Deuteronomy 31: 6 and Hebrews 13:5) In addition to never leaving or forsaking us,He doesn't put us in positions He knows we cant handle. Obviously He knew that they would be okay in the storm. I know when we read the above verses we immediately go into a "defense" mode like "How could Jesus just walk past them?!" I know I did. But take a minute to think about it, on that boat consisted of men who's profession were being fishermen. So I am sure they have endured their fair share of storms one time or another. They should have been more than capable of handling this situation, right? But that just goes to show you how we can forget what we are capable of when we are in our own personal storms. We forget the things that make us who we are. But He wanted something more from them, matter of fact He required something more. And I also believe He could have acted like He was passing them, simply to remind them to rely on Him and not their own understanding. See no matter what storms Jesus found Himself in He never reacted the way His followers reacted. We see that in Mark 4:38-40 where we see Jesus sleeping in the boat during the storm. Jesus is so cool, calm and collected. He knew what was inside of them, but He knew they needed to see Him display His glory. You see everything Jesus did was for a greater purpose. And that is the same way He views us when we are going through our personal storms.
Many times we are like the disciples when we are going through storms in our life. We often feel like Jesus is passing us by or He simply no where to be found just because we aren't getting the relief we want right then and there. But, like everything that is concerning us, He is well aware of it. He knows when to step in and when to watch carefully without interfering. This is usually around the time where were are like "Ummmm heyyyy God hello!!?" 👀while waving our hands.
I think it is important that we see that Jesus seen them in trouble and that He didn't enter into panic mode with them. Instead He told them don't be afraid, reassuring them that He was there. But that He also stepped into their situation with them. As soon as Jesus climbed into their situation (boat) the storm stopped in an instant. Could you imagine being one of those disciples on the boat and witnessing that? See Jesus being all knowing He knew that their hearts were still hardened (they didn't believe) even after they seen Him multiply the 2 loaves and the 5 fish for the 5,000 moments before. So, He knew that by Him showing them once again who He said He was they would get it. That they would see and believe that He was the Christ.
As our Savior He wants what is best for us. He came to this Earth to die so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. He knows how the storm will be for us, but He also knows how it will work out for our good in the end. So even though it may be stressful, scary and dark, know He is still in control over any storm. I know you may be saying that is easier said than done, but it is something we have to constantly remind ourselves. Even when it doesn't "feel" to be true. No matter what things may look like, He is the One who is watching over you with loving care, interceding on your behalf. He is the One who causes the winds and the waves to obey Him.
So if you are in the middle of a storm where it doesn't seem to be an end, call out to Jesus. Remember He wants to come into our situation and provide that peace we have been yearning for. Trust me the Lord is well aware of each and every one of our storms. Nothing catches Him by surprise. Even when it seems like He isn't working, He is. He is ever present.
As always stay beautiful inside & out xoxo
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