Wednesday: 9th January, 2019
Reference text: Mark 6:45-54
Mark 6:49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:
Whenever I see faith in action, a story I encountered some years ago always crops back into memory. It concerned a King who assigned the same task to three of his most trusted servants prior to departing on a diplomatic mission. Upon his return, all three servants had attained the same degree of success. Thus, one would have expected this King to reward them equally, but No. Instead, he smiled at the first, patted the second on the shoulder and gave the third a long hug.
Unfair? It seemed so, bearing in mind that each servant had been successful to the same degree. However, we may have ignored the fact that all three servants were distinct individuals, with strengths of their own. The disciples of Jesus had been seen from a distance tmstruggling against the wind for the most part of their journey. It wasn’t that they wouldn’t have appreciated help with the weather, they may have just been too preoccupied with staying alive and not sinking.
Yet, when Jesus reached them, scripture reports ‘He would have passed them by’. What is even more interesting, is His decision to walk at a distance close enough to their boat so He could still be heard by them. The disciples responded to his presence with ‘screams and shouts of fright’ thinking they had seen a ghost. They may not have asked for help, but those shouts was just that ‘Help us, save us’.
Beloved, often we find ourselves in places where our calls for help, the exhibition of our faith is not at its best. But God responds to each of us in lieu of the level of faith we have. Like the smile, pat or hug the servants received, our help will come to suit our situation because God is already away of all we go through and has began journeying towards our boat.
Remember # Even if all you do is shout out of fright, Jesus will introduce himself and take a place on your boat saying ‘Be of good cheer, it is I’; be not afraid.