Mark 6:45-52 New International Version (NIV)
45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 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, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.
Wednesday 14th March 2018 – Knowing Jesus part 4
Everybody loves a surprise. At Christmas this year I was the recipient of a surprise as my daughter presented me with a watch (instead of the usual pair of Simpsons socks). As a Father I always look forward to my daughter’s birthday and I do my best to make sure she always receives something she wasn’t expecting. I consider it a great pleasure to watch the joy on her face as I say the words ” I surprised you again”
Surprises can be very powerful events. They can alter our moods, our perceptions, our opinions and they can lift us above our circumstances. I believe the power of a surprise corresponds to our situation. Yes, it’s great to receive a surprise when times are good but how much greater is it to receive one when times are bad.
In their desperate circumstances on the sea of Galilee the disciples cannot believe their eyes (v 49 & 50). So great is their surprise that they think Jesus is a ghost. This is the last place they ever expected to see him. They are stunned, overwhelmed and in a state of shock. Surprise, surprise, here comes Jesus to their rescue.
When my Dad retired and went to glory I suffered in great sorrow for many months. I felt alone, isolated and it felt I had lost a huge part of my life. But God was full of surprises for me. I remember travelling back from my Mums one night feeling very low and emotionally drained. I remember putting on a worship DVDs in the car and during that hour I felt the presence of God in a way I have never experienced it before or since. So great was Gods presence that I remember looking over at the passenger’s seat and asking God if he wouldn’t mind putting on his seatbelt. It may sound stupid – but that was how real and life changing his presence was.
During that hour I sat with the creator of the universe, one on one. I shared my loss, he shared his love. I shared my grief he shared his comfort. In my greatest trial his grace was greater. In my isolation his presence was at its strongest. When I was at my weakest his strength sustained me. In my impossibility he showed me there was no such word. In the passenger’s seat of my Dads battered Fiat – Surprise, surprise – God came to my rescue.
God is here to surprise us in our times of crisis. I pray today he will surprise you wherever you are and whatever your situation is. May he surprise you with his love, his grace, his provision, his healing, his hope and his comfort. Today, surprise surprise, here comes Jesus to your rescue.
” I’m not surprised by God’s surprises, but I will be surprised if he does not surprise me.”
Kamari aka Lyrikal
Todays Hymn – Thine be the glory – Edmond Budry (1854–1932)
Todays Worship Song- Be Still For the presence Of the lord
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