All of the lessons are good, but it was one passage of scripture that really stood out to me on Tuesday night. Most of you probably know or have heard the story of Jesus feeding 5000 men with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. Just after that miracle, Jesus instructed his disciples to get on the boat and head towards Bethsaida. Jesus would go on to dismiss the crowd and go off to pray. At some point during the wee hours of the night, the waters go rough and the disciples got scared. What they thought was a ghost walking on the water, was actually Jesus himself. Now I would probably get scared too if I was in the middle of the water tossing about and saw a figure in the distance. As Jesus became more visible to them, they cried out for Him. I imagine that in a calm tone, Jesus replied "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." (Mark 6:50b) It only took a few words for the seas to calm and the disciples to chill out. Once they got off the boat in Gennesaret, crowds of people came running to them to receive healing and blessings from Jesus. Everywhere Jesus went, He was recognized and respected by men begging to touch a hem of his garment.
More importantly, for a moment in time the 12 men who were supposed to be the closest to Jesus and examples of true faith, had the least amount of faith. People came from miles around just to see and be fed physically and spiritually by Jesus. It amazed me that at the first sign of bad weather, the disciples were terrified and resorted to carnal minded thoughts instead of praying and having faith in Jesus. If they can have moments of weakness and be forgiven, then my moments are surely forgiven.
It is not that I doubt the capability of Jesus. It is that situations can cloud your judgments and thoughts. I do not believe we ever forget about Jesus, but life gets hectic and puts tangible worries in the forefront of our mind. This story is another example of how great and forgiving Jesus really is, that we should trust Him, and that we are all human. The disciples trusted Jesus to feed the 5000 and heal the sick, but they did not trust that they would make it out of that boat alive. We cannot trust Jesus to carry us through some situations and not all. As hard as it is to release control and let God work, you have to if you want to receive the blessing you have been praying for. I believe we have a lot of blessings that are waiting on us to let go and let God. Jesus is ready, willing, and able to heal you, forgive you, strengthen you, bless you, hold you, but you have to open your heart, your mind, and your mouth and confess Him as your Savior.
The choice is yours. Are you going to be like the disciples in the boat who were afraid and doubtful? Or are you going to be like the 5000 and the villages who ran to Jesus, trusted Him, and had faith that He would help them?
I chose the latter.