Talk about a Walk!

It would be an unusual thing to meet someone else out walking, late at night. (It might be unusual for you to be out walking, late at night). But can you imagine being in a boat, at night, during a storm, looking out across the waves and see someone walking on top of the water toward the boat. It would have to be a dream or you would have to be hallucinating, right? In this case; wrong! Mark describes this marvel in Mark 6:45-52: “And straightway He constrained His disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while He sent away the people. And when He had sent them away, He departed into a mountain to pray. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and He alone on the land. And He saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night He cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But when they saw Him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: for they all saw Him, and were troubled. And immediately He talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And He went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.” Was Jesus showing off His power? No, but He was doing some powerful teaching! First, He sends the disciples on and He goes into a mountain to pray. His workings are birthed in prayer and in dependence upon His Father. Second, He demonstrates His control over creation and circumstances. He is Creator and in control. Finally, when He enters our problems, the storm ceases even when the problems do not. Haldor Lillenas understood. In his hymn, “Wonderful Peace, He testified: “Coming to Jesus, my Savior, I found wonderful peace, wonderful peace; storms in their fury may rage all around,  I have peace, sweet peace. Peace like a holy and infinite calm, wonderful peace, wonderful peace; like to the strains of an evening psalm,  I have peace, sweet peace.” Selah! Serenity comes from looking beyond the storm to the Savior.   Ron

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