Jesus Walks on the Water
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 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. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
John 6:16-21 New International Version (NIV)
It’s just one of those days. You know the ones where you burst into tears for a reason only God knows. It’s those days when it’s raining outside and inside your soul. Just no logical reason for it all. Anyway, I use these days to just soak up God’s love and assurance. ‘Revive’ is the playlist in iTunes I choose. I am reminded today that some days Jesus calms the storm and others He calms me. Today it was me. Cranky sick kids, a husband with a work day only thought up by Hollywood writers and just this fog around me.
I lean into God.
Some of the disciples were accomplished fisherman familiar with the time of night and the sea. These were guys who made their families livelihood fishing these waters. These are the skilled and trained gentlemen who by all accounts should be able to handle a rogue wave here and there. Even so, the wind and waves were a bit worrisome. In the story, it’s now that Jesus shows himself approaching them walking on water. God’s son, Jesus Christ himself, who had in recent days performed 4 miracles. These events were not private ventures, the disciples were apart of them. Yet, in the dead of night when the light of the world is walking toward you in only a way he can, you tremble with fear. They freaked! He, being Jesus, announced himself as they focused on him sitting in the boat. Before they realized it, they were on dry land on the other side of the sea. In this telling it doesn’t say Jesus calmed the storm, but it does tell us he took them through it!
When we acknowledge the details of our problem and focus on Jesus we allow him to finish his purpose in HIS time.
Which brings me to the point of this post.
Why would we ever think for a second that the God of the universe would ever give us what only we can handle.
Total honesty here, I used to buy into that lack of logic. We’ve all heard it ladies, He won’t give you more than you can handle. Even mother Theresa is quoted saying, “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” Dear sweet mother, I am sure you meant well, but you’re wrong love. Oh how we want this to be true, right?
Well sister, the truth is God isn’t going to give you anything HE wont bring you through! He gave you this life, true you have made choices in your own freewill (he gave that to you also), but He also gave you Jesus. His answer to everything is Jesus. When the cries of our lives and the hurts of the heart are beyond what you can handle, he is there.
If he gave us only what we could handle on an individual basis, we wouldn’t need faith.
Why would we need this all-encompassing, loving God if we had abilities to figure it all out and carry the weight of every detail all along? Where is there room to grow and lean if we are the only pillar to rest upon? God made us for Him to be in relationship. We are not just of the dust of this earth He made. We are the only thing he created with His hands, all else was brought into existence by his words. He molded us and put HIS breath in our lungs.
He knew this life was a team event! Let your heart be light. I love you!!