Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away. And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. Mark 6:45-51
The Gospels are full of great stories! Such familiar stories that we often glance over too quickly. So many of my favorite stories take me back to childhood Sunday School classes and Bible picture storybooks. But these Words we read are true and apply to us today. Mark 6:45 -52 tells the story of Jesus walking on water. This probably is one of the first Bible stories I learned. I can recall our Children’s Ministry team a few summers ago shared this story with their students by actually having someone dressed as Jesus and “walk” across our lake. (Okay, no miracle here. Just some strategically placed buckets under the water. )
But we are grown up so what does this story have for us today? Oswald Chambers mentions this very story in a devotional from his book My Utmost for His Highest. Near the end of the devotion he states that, “God’s end is to enable me to see that He can walk on the chaos of my life just now.” Just as Jesus walked across a stormy sea He walks through our storms too. He is there if we would see Him. And even if we don’t see Him, the truth is, He’s still there. We walk by faith and not by sight. Today, in the midst of your chaos, can you hear Him say, “Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid”?
May you find peace that surpasses all understanding as we look to Jesus.
Kathy’s on staff at America’s Keswick in the Development Department. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 28 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and has taught Sunday school and Bible studies for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.