By Mark Shields
The initial lift off of a space ship takes the most energy when launching it into space and it’s the same when we begin any task because the first few steps take up the most energy. This day with God will be amazing because we are taking the first step of our day by reading Mark 6:45-56 and seizing the opportunity to share with others the guiding principles received.
After feeding the 5,000, Jesus told the disciples to get into a boat and go ahead of Him to Bethsaida. Jesus dismissed the crowd and then went up a mountainside to pray. During the night, a storm came up on the Sea of Galilee. The disciples were straining at the oars because the wind was against them so Jesus walked on water out to them. The disciples were afraid so they called out to Jesus.
Now we are given an example of how Jesus shows His complete mastery over nature as the wind dies down once He climbs into the boat with them. The disciples had just witnessed Jesus feeding 5,000 with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Now they witness Jesus walking on water and calming the storm. Verse 51 says they were amazed.
There may be experience you’ve gone through that have completely astounded you. If so, share in the comments. These experiences build our faith for our present and future needs. It’s that first step of faith that’s the hardest but each step after that guarantees greater strength because Jesus shows up in the storms, gets in the boat with us, and makes the storms subside. Then the future becomes calm and we have momentum to push us on towards our destination.
Lord as we set sail on today’s voyage, there may be storms ahead but we will let You in our boat to calm the storms. We will then set sail with gusto because there will be the courage to explore, to dream, and to discover as we strive to reach our destination. Amen.