Scripture Mark 6 ;
47 Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. 48 He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning[h] Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 50 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![i]” 51 Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed,52 for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.
We don’t need to fear the natural world when we have The Creator with us!
VS 50 of Mark 6 has an interesting footnote,
- Mark 6:50 Or The ‘I Am’ is here; Greek reads I am.See Exod 3:14.
Imagine the scene – Jesus has been watching from the shore – (which by the way was probably about five miles away so He either had eyes better than an eagle, or He was seeing with His spiritual eyes) the disciples are in trouble, they are struggling against the elements, their little boat about to be overcome and they, about to lose their lives. Suddenly they see a figure walking on the water! It must be a ghost, they thought. (perhaps the angel of death come to claim us) But Jesus speaks up and makes a statement that to a Jewish person is the same as saying. “Don’t worry The Lord Your God has arrived.”
Jesus was trying to tell them, (*My creative Paraphrase*) “Hey fellows, don’t you get it, you’re in the presence of The Almighty, and you are my friends. You don’t have to worry about these physical elements. In fact I’m controling all this right now. I’m trying to teach you something! You didn’t seem to get it when I fed that huge crowd back there, so this is a crash course in who I am. I AM the voice from the burning bush that spoke to Moses on the mountain and led My people through the desert. I AM with you and I AM protecting you now.”
Sadly I don’t think the disciples really understood even then. But before we are too hard on them, lets think about ourselves.
What does God have to do in order to convince you that He is with you, and for you, and in control of all these winds and waves that you’re facing?
Father God Almighty Jehovah,
Thank you for being with me through my whole life. Thank you for your protection and for bringing me to this day, this hour, this moment. Father guide me and continue with me as I know you do and will all the days of my life until my journey here is complete and bring me to you in that great day.
I surrender to you Lord my feelings that I am the one who quiets the storms in my life. Without You – I can do nothing.