They were terrified, but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here! ” (John 6:19-20)


The short passage below has the heading, Jesus walks on water in the bible I read. But as is so often the case, I find the miracle itself, Jesus actually walking on water, much less important than the result of Jesus having walked across the sea.
The point is simple. The disciples left without Jesus. The result was swift and dangerous. They were swept up in a storm with wind and waves raging all around them. When they saw him they were terrified. Why? Did they think he was a ghost? Did they realise their mistake and fear his disappointment? Who knows? But when it was clear that he didn’t want them to fear, they eagerly let him in again. And then the real miracle – they arrived at their destination immediately!


John 6:16-21 NLT

That evening Jesus’ disciples went down to the shore to wait for him. But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here! ” Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!


Dear lord and father,
I pray that I will never again set off without Jesus in my boat. Thank you for the lessons I have learned from this story. You have reminded me that if I attempt anything on my own, without you by my side, that I will most likely swiftly run into stormy weather. But you have also reminded me that if this should happen in future you will come to my rescue and call ahead that I should not be afraid. You have reminded me that you will come along side me and get in the same boat as me if I’ll let you. But most wonderfully of all, you have shown me that when I let you in again, you will speed me out of trouble and set me safely at my destination. Thank you for leading me through your scriptures these past few months and for showing me the way you work for my protection, that I might better understand you and thank you and praise you. All this I pray in the holy name of Jesus…. Amen.

Today’s readings:

1 Samuel 5:1-7:17, John 6:1-21, Psalms 106:13-31, Proverbs 14:32-33


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