In the dark while crossing the lake, a strong wind whips the waves wild. Tense, holding on tight, they row in the rough three or four miles, straining, anxious.
Yesterday evening we chanted Psalm 107, including:
“Some went to the sea in ships and plied their trade in the deep waters.
A stormy wind arose, which tossed high the waves of the sea.
They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths;
their hearts melted because of their peril” (v23-26).
There in the middle, in the storm, on the sea, in the dark, a figure appears, walking on water. Jesus sparks further fright in the night.
Jesus says: “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
“Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.” When Matthew and Mark tell this story, they emphasize Jesus calming the storm. John points out that they reached the land, their destination. The disciples made it safely and miraculously.
Welcoming Jesus into our boat, in our life, indeed into our fear, means we will make it. We will arrive, or by welcoming Jesus he will bring us home. Psalm 107 says: “He brought them to the harbor they were bound for” (v30).
What is dark and scary? What melts your heart? Jesus comes, indeed will come, in the midst, in the dark, in the storm. We may be all the more frightened at first because Jesus shows up where it seems impossible.
Welcome Jesus into the boat, into your life, indeed into your fear. Surprisingly, miraculously, Jesus will bring you home, to the harbor you are bound for. Again from Psalm 107: “Let [us] give thanks to the Lord for his mercy and the wonders he does for his children” (v31).
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