I thought I would share my devotions today:
16-21In the evening his disciples went down to the sea, got in the boat, and headed back across the water to Capernaum. It had grown quite dark and Jesus had not yet returned. A huge wind blew up, churning the sea. They were maybe three or four miles out when they saw Jesus walking on the sea, quite near the boat. They were scared senseless, but he reassured them, “It’s me. It’s all right. Don’t be afraid.” So they took him on board. In no time they reached land—the exact spot they were headed to. (John 6:16-21 MSG)
I read this passage today and thought– This is my life right now. I feel like I am heading where I’m supposed to. I’m in the boat with other disciples heading for land, but now, a storm has blown up– in fact, it has felt like a storm for a long time. And I am scared senseless. Life is not exactly as I expected. Somehow, I have held the false belief that if I go where Jesus asks me to go and do what he asks me to do, there will not be a storm. But I was reminded of John 16 that says, “In this world you WILL have trouble.” So here I am, in the middle of trouble wondering where Jesus is in the midst of it all.
But this is what I saw in the passage today– Jesus reassuring–“It’s me. It’s all right. Don’t be afraid.” I will take heart in these words– “It’s me. It’s all right. Don’t be afraid.” I will keep repeating them. “It’s me. It’s all right. Don’t be afraid.” I will know and understand that Jesus has gotten into the boat with me, he is here sitting right next to me whispering, “It’s me. It’s all right. Don’t be afraid.”
Maybe you are with me today– you woke up feeling like you are in the middle of a churning sea wondering where Jesus is in the midst of it all. So I want to remind you like Jesus reminded me, “It’s me. It’s all right. Don’t be afraid.” He is here with us. He has not left us in our trouble. And maybe we will end up just like the disciples: in the exact spot they were headed to.