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21 About five thousand men plus women and children had eaten.
22 Right then, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead to the other side of the lake while he dismissed the crowds. 23 When he sent them away, he went up onto a mountain by himself to pray. Evening came and he was alone. 24 Meanwhile, the boat, fighting a strong headwind, was being battered by the waves and was already far away from land. 25 Very early in the morning he came to his disciples, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” They were so frightened they screamed.
Herod had just executed John the Baptizer, and Jesus sought solitude as he dealt with his grief over John’s death (cf. Matthew 14:13). The crowds followed him, though, and he ended up miraculously feeding over 5,000 people. He again went to be alone, while the disciples sailed to the other side of the lake. Due to another storm, he set out to rescue the disciples, “walking on the lake.” Seeing a figure walking toward them on the water completely unnerved them.
O God, keep me open to your presence in my world and my life. If you show yourself in an unexpected way, help me to welcome you with joy rather than with fear. Amen.
Today’s highlighted verse feels centered around uncertainty. I find it so interesting that the same person who performed one of the greatest miracles of feeding 5,000 just the evening before is now unrecognizable to those who know him best. For me, it reveals how easy it is to forget the unbelievable work Jesus does in my life in the midst of fear. In the Scripture, we learn that the disciples were on the lake overnight while being hit with waves and strong winds. They remain in this fear when they see Jesus walking on water, thinking he’s a ghost. Stuck in fear.
When I find myself stuck in fear, I also don’t recognize God’s saving grace. Often, when I am stuck in fear, I don’t recognize myself. What gets us out of this crippling fear? For me, it tends to be worship. Each Sunday I am reminded of God’s goodness, Jesus’ love, and the beauty of community. I recognize the Jesus standing in front of me when, as a church family, we sing and watch the celebration of baptisms and hear the really good news of how relationship with God can come alongside our fears.
The next time you experience a storm in your life or feel stuck in fear, consider attending a worship service. I encourage you to see if the music, the community, or the words of Scripture can impact you as part of a reminder of God’s love and mercy working in our life. My prayer is that you find a deep sense of peace, knowing and recognizing Jesus as the one walking toward your boat.
* NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Kindle Locations 220067-220068). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.