John – God Speaks!
What is our destination? Do we get all caught up in the details of just surviving another day that we totally forget about the destination, the place we want to arrive? Sometimes we need to walk backwards in our thoughts and remember where we are going and with Whom we are traveling with on the journey.
When we go it alone, storms of frustration, illness, losses of all kinds can sweep over us in waves of fear. We lose our bearings. We forget where we are going and why we are going there. We struggle hour by hour.
Our church has invited the community of our city to come and experience an indoor celebration for families beginning this evening and going through tomorrow evening. It is an outreach to help others find and follow Jesus in a low risk, friendly first step to finding Him. Literally thousands have already preregistered! Our staff and volunteers are thrilled and a little fearful at the same time. Can we handle all the people God is sending to us? Will there be enough? Will we be enough? We pray, (and you can pray with us!) that we will not forget our destination, that while we think we will be walking on the waters of what seems like impossibilities, God has ordained this event for His glory and for people to find Him.
The disciples are in choppy waters, miles from shore, too far to bail and swim, then the Son of God comes walking toward them and they are eager to let Him in the boat with them. He calms the sea. He calls out “Don’t be afraid. I am here!” And immediately they arrive at their destination.
Jesus. Oh what a Savior! Call out to Him and He will calm your fears and come into the boat with you. Only then will we arrive safely at our destination.
John 6, New Living Translation
Jesus Walks on Water
16 That evening Jesus’ disciples went down to the shore to wait for him. 17 But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. 18 Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. 19 They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, 20 but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here!” 21 Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you, Lord, for this timely message of hope, joy, love, and confidence that replaces fear because of our trust in You, the God of the impossible. Nothing is too hard for you! Bring calm and peace like no one else can. All our faith is in You.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.