When Jesus walked to edge of the water, he was alone.
He had started the day with the news that his cousin had been murdered. Instead of being able to slip away quietly to deal with it, he had been surrounded by people all day. Hurting people, hungry people, lost people, loved people. Over 20,000 people sought him out to hear the heaven’s words, feel God’s power, be healed by his touch. And he spoke, touched, healed, restored. Then, instead of sending them away hungry- he blessed and broke 5 loaves and two fish to feed them all until they were full.
But now he was alone.
He had climbed alone to an isolated place in the mountains so he could lay himself before his Father. Now, in the early hours of the morning, he stood alone on the shore. He looked out at the sea and knew his friends were out there on a boat. The wind had kicked up, the waves were not gentle.
It didn’t matter what the waves looked like. It didn’t matter how late it was. All that mattered was that there was somewhere he needed to get to and it happened to be on the other side of the sea.
So he took a step, then another and just kept walking into the storm on top of the water.*
“If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it”.
Jesus knows how to walk into a storm.
To do the impossible.
He knows where you are at and what you face.
He faced the storm alone but you don’t have to.
He will never leave you or forsake you, especially in the storm.
“We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all-all but the sin.
So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help”. (Hebrews 4:15, 16 MSG)
You may be standing on the shore, looking at the rough sea and wondering what to do.
Ask for help and take the next step right into it with Jesus by your side.