On your own, it can often seem like you’re not going anywhere, like you’re simply surviving instead of thriving. You signed up for a better future with Jesus or an adventure in the Kingdom of God but what you got was sidetracked in the storms of life. Maybe it seems like one minute you were in the thick of ministry, seeing Jesus bring healing and breakthrough in increasing amounts, but now you’re stalled out and wondering where you went wrong. If that’s you, you’re in pretty good company because every follower of Jesus who has ever lived has been right there with you.
John 6:16-21When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
The disciples had just walked down off the mountainside, where Jesus had miraculously fed thousands of people with only a young boy’s lunch to work with. There was absolutely no way to explain that moment, other than acknowledging the power of God at work. They had to have been amazed, having watched the miracle happen and then realizing that not only was there enough food to go around, there were a ton of leftovers. Jesus had provided for the people’s needs and then some, going well above anything they could’ve imagined or hoped for!
Then, that very same evening, they find themselves in a boat, out on the water, buffeted by a storm, all alone and afraid. They had just been in the thick of ministry, seeing Jesus work miracles and change lives, but now they were stalled out and wondering exactly where they went wrong. They’re so wrapped up in the moment that Jesus is coming right to them but they don’t even recognize Him because once again, He’s doing something they could never have expected by walking on the water. They’re terrified but as Jesus often does, He tells His followers to let go of their fear and simply trust Him.
How often do we find ourselves in precisely that situation? We’ve experienced Jesus and we were excited about the next thing, but right now we’re simply trying to listen to His voice and let go of our fear.
I find incredible hope in what happened once the disciples let Jesus into their boat. John wrote that once they were willing to take him into the boat, immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading! They had been rowing and working and going nowhere but now, with Jesus in the boat, they’re arriving at their destination. Once Jesus got in the boat, things began to happen!
The hope for today is that no matter where you find yourself in this moment, you are only a moment away from being back on track. Jesus is still pursuing you, He’s still coming toward you, and He is still calling you to reach the next thing. You might not be able to get there on your own but when Jesus gets in your boat, things happen. Take some time to dream of what could happen once Jesus is in your boat and then let go of your fear and welcome Him on board!