I have recently been reading through the gospels. I started with Mark – mainly because it has 16 chapters and with just a little doubling I could read a chapter a day and go through it twice in one month. (Nothing deep to my thought process…)
Chapter Six has the story of Jesus walking on the water. After feeding five thousand, Jesus sent the disciples ahead in a boat and stayed behind to have His own quiet time. Of course, we know a storm comes and the disciples are rowing, and toiling, and fighting the storm. In fact, they became consumed with the storm – so much that when Christ came to them, they didn’t even realize it was him. (I’d like to think I would have been looking for him…and had more of a “He’s coming! He’s coming” attitude!! but probably not.)
However, even as they struggled at their worst…verse 48 says, “And he saw them…..” Jesus did not suddenly jump up from His prayer time…oh no, I hope the disciples are alright!! He knew exactly where their little boat was and what the circumstances were around them and how their little faith had been swallowed by the sea. And He kept watch on them. Surely, the presence of a storm did not mean God was not in control.
We have been singing a song lately at Bible study….”sometimes He calms the storm and sometimes He calms his child….” We so want all our storms to be immediately stilled – but that is not always God’s plan. There is often much to learn…and a chance for faith to grow..during the storm. The assurance, however, is that through any storm, “He sees us.” What a blessing that four little words, in Mark 6:48, were to me.
Whatever your day might hold, remember the promise that God sees you. I’ll do the same.