DAY 108 OF 365 IN 2021
John 6:17-18 But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.
In accounting, there is a phrase ‘to cook the books’. This refers to the use of accounting tricks and ploys, largely involving altered facts and figures, to make a financial position look a lot better than it actually is. While this tactic is employed to paint a bad situation in a better light, alternatively, it can be applied reciprocally- making a situation appear worse than it is.
The disciples got into a boat headed towards Capernaum and a few miles out, they encountered a fierce weather system. In their situation, it could have been easy to begin painting imaginary pictures: Did we got in the wrong sized boat? We should have set off earlier when it was still bright. Has anyone of us done anything wrong ? Weren’t we supposed to just stay put? ‘Are we actually going to perish?
All the above imaginations would not have addressed the reason they faced the storm: for ‘the sea began getting rough, because a strong wind was blowing’. It had little to do with any actions prior or the stories they would have been cooking in their heads. We also produce our own reasons to describe and characterise the situations we face and very often, those reasons are ‘cooked’.
Beloved, our imagination is a very beautiful gift which qualifies us to all be called story tellers. However, we should not allow our imagination to run wild at every opportunity because the same imagination can cause us to believe things that are not. That can plant seeds of fear and doubt because the real picture always differs from those in cooked books.