Immediately after feeding the 5,000 men and their families, Jesus insisted that His disciples get back into the boat and head across the lake to Bethsaida, while He sent the people home. After telling everyone good -bye, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on the land. He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, but when they saw Him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking He was a ghost. They were all terrified when they saw Him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” He said. “Take courage! I am here!” Then He climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in. Mark 6: 45-52 (NLT)
He would have passed by them, except they cried out.
I have thought of this verse many times through the years.
How many times have we failed to recognize Him?
How many times have we failed to call Him by name?
How many times have our hearts become so callused and cold that we think nothing of His mercy and grace toward us?When I see the Sun in the sky, the birds in the air, the thunder and lightening that flashes across the sky, the trees waving in the wind, or the flowers that bloom, I see the presence of a magnificent God. When I see the smile of a loved one, hear the giggle of a child, or words of wisdom from the elderly I see God’s love, mercy and grace.
It is easy to blame God when things don’t go as we think they should. It is easy to blame Him when the storms of life come in such a way that we don’t even recognize His presence in the midst of the storm and we fail to call out to Him for help and guidance. Instead of thanking Him for his loving care we call out to Him with accusation and ridicule, using His name in vain, knowing full well that His last name is not Dammit. And that Jesus last name is not Christ. But that He is the Christ the son of the living God.
He has promised He will never leave us or forsake us. Deuteronomy 31:6
If one word of His promise is true, then every word of His promise is true. We don’t get to pick and choose. We don’t get to tell God how to do His job. Because He is God and we are not! To God, caring for us is not a job, it is compassion, love, mercy and grace. We should feel privileged that we get to seek His face, that we get to serve Him, we get to crawl upon His lap and lay our head upon His chest and hear His heart beat. When will we start seeking His face (loving and obeying Him for who He is), and not just His hand (what He can do for us). We are all about blaming Him for the crisis in our life, which most of the time, we have brought upon ourselves by the choices we have made. We may blame Him for an uncomfortable place that we are walking through, not realizing that it may be that very storm, where His character can be develop in us.
I thank God for the mountains, and I thank him for the valleys, and I thank Him for the storms that he brought me through. For if I’d never had a problem, I wouldn’t know God could solve them, I’d never know what faith in God could do. (song Through it all by Andrae Crouch)