After the feeding of the five thousand the disciples head out across the lake without Jesus. He has sent them on ahead presumably with reassurances that He will join them later. One can assume that the disciples thought Jesus meant in Capernaum, their destination. About three miles into their journey, they discover another reality. With water as far as the eye can see in the dark of the night, the disciples spot something approaching.
The disciples reality is jarred as they must have moved from “Hey look” to “can’t be” to “it is?” as Jesus draws near to the boat. Jesus was not on a jet ski or in a speed boat. He was walking on the water. This must have struck a chord of fear in the disciples as He had to reassure them and calm them as He climbed into the boat. I bet his sandals and the edges of His clothing were not even wet.
The scriptures tell us that as Jesus joins them, just as He got into the boat, suddenly they were there on shore. Once He joins them they are there. Does this phenomenon occur in our lives? Does it ever seem as if Jesus sends us out and we journey along on our own? Then just at the right time He is there, right in the midst of life with us? Then He too says, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
His presence is an amazing part of this journey of faith. Although God is omnipotent and omnipresent, it seems at times we get a little extra ‘bump’ – He is just a little more present, a little more with us when we need Him most. He calms us with the same words again, “It is I. Do not be afraid.” For this we say thank be to God!
Scripture reference: John 6: 16-21