“Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.” Mark 6.47-52
Was there nothing that Jesus could not do? Why are we surprised to find him walking on the lake? If proof of him calming the wind and the seas doesn’t convince us that he has power over creation than I don’t know what would. Jesus’ casual lake stroll was simply another display of his all encompassing power and authority.
And yet, the disciples were essentially “freaked out.” Talking about a roller coaster of emotions! Following Jesus will result in just that! Elation over him coming up with enough food to feed five thousand men (not including the women and children present) was not long passed. And now they find themselves again in the lake fighting again the wind and waves. And here comes Jesus, cool as a cucumber, walking upon H2O. It had never been seen before, and never done since. And the disciples are “terrified.”
Why are we amazed at Jesus’ display of power? It’s not like he hides it from his disciples. Not does he hide it from us. Perhaps it seems like God is silent, but he’s just as present now as he was back then. The presence of the Holy Spirit is alive and well working in the lives of all people doing amazing and awesome deeds. And yet, it still catches us afraid and sometimes terrified.
But do not fear, God is with us. His power and grace surrounds us. When the world, wind and waves seem unbearable, Jesus comes to us walking on the water. His entrance upon the scene surpasses the present storm. His power supersedes the opposition. God is near.
All that is left to do really is for us to say, “Come Lord Jesus. Bring on your power, bring on your works, bring on your miracles in my life and the lives of those around me. Make your power and your presence known. For you are a good God and the Savior of my Soul.”
This is our prayer of response to a God who is beside you this very moment as he climbs into your boat. He has not left you as orphans. He with with you today and always.
“O Lord God, thank you for loving me, for the kindness of your Spirit and the truth in your Word. Come now, into the void of my existence, bring healing and wholeness, meaning from this madness. I love you Lord and praise your name. For you are great and mighty in all your deeds. For you are good and your love endures forever.” Amen