Mark 6:47-51 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down.
“He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them.” Sometimes in life, the wind is against you. This past winter the squirrels chewed through the wires to the lights in our deck. Not just in one place, but dozens of places. I was determined to not let that happen again so I came up with an elaborate framework of PVC pipe to run all the wires through because I didn’t want to make rewiring the lights a yearly activity. So, I set about fixing the lights. Two full days. About half-way through the second day, I was exhausted. The wind had been picking up all day and now the gusts were blowing my supplies and tools all over the backyard. I was getting more and more frustrated and hopeless as the day dragged on. At one point, I finally broke down crying, feeling like God was against me, thwarting my efforts to fix the lights.
I can just imagine the disciples feeling very similar. Jesus had sent them across the lake but half-way across the wind was getting the best of them. They were struggling and had been for some time. Can you see them struggling to make any forward progress? I wonder if they started complaining or bickering with each other. I wonder if they started to question Jesus’ directions for them. Frustrated and weary and losing hope. Have any of you ever been in that place? Are any of you in that place today? God sees your circumstances. Jesus saw the disciples straining at the oars and He sees you as well. He sees and He cares. Jesus didn’t just watch and laugh. He didn’t ridicule or chastise them. Verse 48 says that “He went out to them” and verse 51 that “He climbed into the boat with them.”
When life is against you and you are struggling to keep moving forward, know that God sees and cares. In the midst of the toughest times, He’s right there in the boat with you. In His perfect time, He’ll calm the storm and bring peace once again.