Wednesday, June 17, 2015
"He Sees It all"
And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.
Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land.
Then He saw them straining at the rowing, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by.
But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out;
for they all saw Him and were troubled. And immediately He talked with them and said to them, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid."
Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. Mark 6:45-51
Today I would like to share a simple truth that we all need to remember! That truth? He sees us! He sees when we are in the midst of a storm. In this example above we see that the disciples were doing exactly what He had sent them to do. Get in the boat without Him and go across the lake. In the midst of this process of being obedient and doing what He had told them to, a storm arose that caused them they to have difficulty rowing against the storm. Take a close look and you'll see our key thought of the day. It says that while He was alone on the mountain praying, spending some alone time with the Father, He saw that they were in trouble. He then proceeded to go to them. He even walked on the water to get to them.
The next thing we see is that they almost missed Him. He showed up and they almost didn't realize that it was Him. Because of their fear they saw a ghost instead. Crazy, right? But here's what we need to understand. They were being obedient to His instructions and a storm still came along. He saw their need and responded by showing up and even though they were all wrapped up in their fear and almost missed that He had arrived He spoke a reassuring word and revealed to them that He was there to calm not only the storm but their fear as well.
Too often as believers we get distracted by the storms that come as we are going about His business. Too often we are so distracted by our fears that He won't see our need that we too, like the disciples in his account, almost miss the moment when He shows up to speak that word of encouragement. Know and understand that not matter what the 'storm' in your life He sees! He sees your staining to row through and He will show up to calm the storm. His word was and is and always will be, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." Don't forget to look for Him in the midst of the storm ...because He will show up! He will cause the wind to cease!