Wouldn’t it be great if we could actually see what is right in front of us? Today, the Bible opened in Mark:
Then he made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida,* while he dismissed the crowd. And when he had taken leave of them, he went off to the mountain to pray. When it was evening, the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore. Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing, for the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out. They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke with them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were [completely] astounded. They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.
Jesus had just fed the 5,000 with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, but His disciples had not fully understood. They still did not grasp who He was. He walked on water and they were afraid, thought he was a ghost. They did not understand. Today it is easy to think how much more obvious could it be. But He had to tell them “it is I”.
How many times in my life is it obvious. How many times is God at work in our lives and we ignore it, look the other way or take credit for it ourselves. God is calling out to us and telling us, It is I. He is here. Do not be afraid.
Help me to see you! Help me to know your presence. Thank you for taking care of me and those around me.