“Walking on Water” is So Cliche’

Today’s Gospel reading has a little twist that’s often missed because of the greater miracle that overshadows it.

Check this out from John 6:16-21;

When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea,
embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum.
It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
When they had rowed about three or four miles,
they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat,
and they began to be afraid.
But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
They wanted to take him into the boat,
but the boat immediately arrived at the shore
to which they were heading.

Permit me to break this down.

First, much of what we do, when Christ is not around, seems to be in the dark, without His direction.

Worthy causes, whether it be something as simple as our dating relationship, or working career, will experience the “strong winds” of challenge, like the disciples did when they tried to reach their destination.

Many with motor boats know how far 3 or 4 nautical miles is, even with horsepower, imagine how exhausted the disciples were, rowing that far in a stirred up sea with strong winds.

Most of what we’re dedicated to achieving can be scary. 

The fear of losing our job, or our relationship, because of our failures, can be daunting.

The more obvious miracle in this story is Christ walking on the water.

It’s even cliche’–that someone can “walk on water.”

Watch what happens–again–as they invite this “miracle man” into their boat.

They wanted to take him into the boat,
but the boat immediately arrived at the shore
to which they were heading.

When Christ is brought into our inner life-circle, our objectives are immediately reached.

Not because we’ve earned a promotion at work, or gotten engaged to the woman we love, but because we’ve included Truth in that which is our earthly struggle.

There is no better way to live than with Him in our life raft, as our life raft.

 Remember it was Christ who said;

I come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.

Another great cliche’.

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