another boat story

In today's Gospel story we read:
After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied,
Jesus made his disciples get into the boat
and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida,
while he dismissed the crowd.
And when he had taken leave of them,
he went off to the mountain to pray.
When it was evening,
the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore.
Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing,
for the wind was against them.
About the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them walking on the sea.
He meant to pass by them.
But when they saw him walking on the sea,
they thought it was a ghost and cried out.
They had all seen him and were terrified.
But at once he spoke with them,
“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
He got into the boat with them and the wind died down.
They were completely astounded.
They had not understood the incident of the loaves.
On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.

How often am I astounded, especially at the working of God which I cannot begin to understand. My heart too at times is hardened. But Jesus calls out to the disciples, to us, to me saying ... "Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid." He gets into the boats of our lives with us, and the wind dies down.

I've been on some stormy seas of late ... some medical issues with a loved one and then just general busyness and the consequences of still learning how to say no. Those blog readers who are good at reading between the lines have probably figured that one out. But thankfully, amazingly, perhaps astoundingly, Jesus is always there, telling me not to be afraid, and jumping into the boat with me, and the wind dies down. And for that, I am oh so very grateful.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Sister. This will be a source of strength. With a seriously ill husband I've not been as trusting in His strength as I should be.