DayBreaks for 3/18/19: Rowing Into the Wind
From the DayBreaks archive, March 2009:
John 6:16-21: When 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 three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified. 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.
Isn’t this a great passage? I love the simple, yet timeless lessons buried in it! Consider:
FIRST: Did you notice how the waters grew rough right after it says, “…and Jesus had not yet joined them.” It is not insignificant that the waters in our own life are always tougher to navigate when we try to make our own way through the waves without Jesus.
SECOND: It is interesting that, even though they saw someone walking on the water towards them, that they weren’t willing to take the person into the boat until they knew it was Jesus. I suppose that makes sense – after all – what normal human could walk on water, and I imagine that they thought he was a spirit of some kind. Yet, sometimes, even when we know that Jesus is coming to us, we still aren’t willing to let him into the boat of our lives!
THIRD: As soon as Jesus is in the boat, the safety of the shore is reached. As soon as we take Jesus into the boat of our lives, our destiny is safely delivered, not because of the result of our labor, but as the result of having Jesus “aboard”.
FOURTH: It appears the disciples were headed to Capernaum because that’s where Jesus told them to go and that he would join up with them there. Shawn Craig, writing in “Between Sundays” said this: “Obedience to God’s will does not mean everything will go smoothly, that the wind will always be at our backs and that the journey will be easy. Jesus told his disciples to cross to the other side of the lake, even though he knew the wind would be working against them. Despite the wind’s contrariness, they struggled on, because they knew they were doing his will.”
If Jesus has sent you on a mission (and if you are a Christian, you’ve been sent on a mission to love God and our fellowman enough to share the gospel), the wind will work against you. It is important that we don’t lose heart in the effort. Perhaps it was just at the point that Jesus came to them that the disciples were ready to give up – I don’t know. But miracles happen when Jesus shows up! Let’s keep rowing – that’s our job – and let’s let him do his job – to get us to the destination safely!
Prayer: Journey with us, Lord, as we navigate the shifting seas of life! May we work in concert with Your Spirit at all times! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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