Jesus’ Presence

Mark 6:47-48
And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.  And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.

Jesus saw the disciples toiling.  Though He was not with them in the boat, He was aware of their situation.  They were fighting the winds as they pushed against them, hardly getting anywhere.  And can’t we feel like that sometimes?  Like we’re fighting so hard but getting nowhere.  Like we’re working so much with not much to show for it.  Sometimes we may even feel stuck in a constant struggle.  But Jesus knows all about it.

Jesus was the one who had sent the disciples out onto the sea.  He knew their situation.  And what does He do but go to them where they are.  He didn’t stand on the shore and shout out to them.  He didn’t stop the wind from up on the mountain, though He could have.  But instead, He walks on the sea to get to where they are.  He joins them in the midst of it.  And it is His presence there that stops the wind and enables them to make it to the other side.

It is true that this life often involves struggles of various kinds.  It is true that sometimes stormy winds will blow and push against us.  But we don’t have to walk on water, because Jesus can.  He will join us in our struggle, and His presence will make all the difference.  He knows exactly what we are facing, and He can help us get through it.  On our own, we might never make it to the other side, but with Jesus, we can get where we are supposed to go as we trust Him to intervene in His time and in His way.

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