DAY 6 OF 365 IN 2021
Mark 6:48,50 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. 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.
Through no fault of theirs, the disciples found themselves toiling against the wind in their attempt to cross the sea. One rendition described their valiant efforts in this manner ‘they were making headway painfully for the wind was against them’.
In many teams, there are stars player: that one person who has the potential to turn things around in a flash. In the modern era of sports, Messi or Ronaldo may be the most practical examples to use. When they get involved in a match, while sometimes their presence alone on the team sheet may be intimidating to opponents, for their team mates, it is reason to be of good cheer.
When Jesus showed up to the boat of his disciples and found them struggling, he tells them “be of good cheer and take heart, it is I. I have not come to add to the toil, I have brought ease”. That assurance, which also applies to us when we travel against the winds of life, is why we can afford to smile even when the waves are lashing out. That is why we dare to take heart even in the eyes of the storm because it is Him. The master is around, the King of Kings is in our vicinity.