Crank up a Barefoot Nautique to 38 mph and water will hold you up just fine. My brother, Ron, Keith Vander Wiele and I spent many July 4th weekends barefooting on Schroon Lake right at sunset when the lake finally calmed down. So we shouldn’t doubt when the Creator of the Sea of Galilee didn’t need the Nautique or calm water. Check out how Jesus gave the disciples a good scare because they didn’t get the feeding of the five thousand.
“Right after the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus insisted that his disciples get into the boat and sail to the other side to Bethsaida while he dismissed the crowd. When he had said good-bye to them, he went up into the mountain to pray.
When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake and Jesus was alone on shore. When Jesus saw them straining to make progress with their oars because the wind was against them, during the fourth watch of the night (between three and six in the morning, the final watch of the night before daylight) Jesus came to them walking on the lake. He wanted to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost and screamed.
They all saw him and were terrified, but immediately he said to them, ‘Take heart! I am! Don’t be afraid!’ He climbed in the boat with them and the wind ceased. They were totally awed, for they still didn’t get the meaning of the miracle of the bread. Their hearts were hardened.” Mark 6:45-52
Horror films make big bucks scaring us with phantoms and ghosts that surprise us out of the dark and the wind. With Jesus taking up residence in our lives the moment we believe in him we don’t need to be afraid of ghosts or strong winds and waves. He’s the I Am who parted the Red Sea, who gave the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai, and who fed the Israelites bread in the wilderness for forty years. It’s important not to harden our hearts and cave in to fear, especially when it comes to the paranormal.
LORD, keep my heart tender toward you, full of faith that you still have the power to walk on water and to calm any wind of adversity I might face today. Thanks also for recording that your disciples had trouble getting it all together just like I do.
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